A poll of sorts   6 comments

So, a week ago, Alex had her senior class portrait taken.  There’s about 15 poses between 4 outfits.  Of those, I’ve widdled it down to the  “top 5”.  The picture in the burgundy drape is required for the yearbook, burgundy & gold is the school’s colors.  I actually like it quite a bit.  In any case, I’m having trouble deciding which pose I’d like to buy as our “package”.  I don’t have any polling software, so we’re going to fake it here, and you can simply reply with the one you like best (I’ll number them to make it easier!).  These are the proofs, and contain the copywrite & watermark from the photography studio.  Now, in no particular order:

Picture 1

Picture 2

Picture 3

Picture 4

Picture 5





Posted July 5, 2012 by Meg's Simple Life in life in general, poll, senior pictures

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That’s the way things go   2 comments

Time for another “day in the life” post.  I tend to run many days together, so this will likely be more of the same!

Alex has had a couple of beginner cake decorating classes.  She has some cupcakes in the fridge to frost (which, I wish she would frost so we could NOM on them!), and a cake she made at the previous class (which is more than gone.)  Here’s a sample of what she’s done so far.

First decorated cake.

Not a masterpiece, but it’s all about learning technique, how to hold the bag- angle & pressure.  It’s a work in progress and she’s been pretty excited about learning how to make the flowers, but that’s not until the 2nd session later in July.

In other news, we got some new living room furniture.  Yay for sales!  Boo for making payments.  Hope to pay it off fast tho.  The cats have already laid claim to the new stuff.  It’s soooo comfy!

Tiger’s Loveseat

Patches’ Couch

4 of 5 kitties approve.

The furniture is a nice soft microfiber, and is a chocolate brown color.  Needless to say, it’s going to require a bit of vacuuming to keep it that way.  Patches sheds. A LOT.

To update on my girls-

Alex is doing very well since she had her follow up with the GI doc, and is following the restrictive diet (much to her displeasure) and taking her meds.  She’s had no complications from the esophogitis, and that is a big PLUS in the happy column for me.  She’s hoping the diet is temporary, until they find out what caused the allergy specifically.  She hates not being able to have a lot of her favorites, like BBQ chicken or hot wings.

Marissa is feeling better too.  Her headache has pretty much gone.  The doctor recommended that she get better sleeping patterns / routine, and add more good foods, less processed foods, to her diet, as well as some B2 daily.  Still no MRI, the insurance doesn’t feel it’s justified, so they won’t cover it.  I will roll with that for now, as long as she’s not getting worse & seems to be improving.  She still has bad flareups with her dermatitis, but there’s not much we can do about that, but use the ointment as it happens.  The only other thing would be the pain she experiences in her wrists.. I may want to have that looked at as well, because if it’s something like arthritis, we should find out now.  Mom had arthritis from the time she was even younger than Marissa, so I know it’s a possibility.

Probably, the last thing is something that has made the news this week.  What a storm we had here Friday night!  It got to 105 degrees here, with heat index making it feel like 115.  Then came the storm.  The news called it a derecho.  It knocked out power to so many across several states on the east coast.  Here’s a few pictures from around our neighborhood, the day after…

Timber! This large tree was at the other end of my street.

Tree caught in wires 1 street over from my house, caused the allergist to be closed due to no power. Sorry Alex, no shots today.

Also 1 street over, the other direction. This one was pretty bad, they had to rope it off due to wires near the road.

1 corner down & across from me, they lost a few large branches.

That was just a sample of 5th, 6th, and 7th ave, and I am on 6th.  There was a lot more damage than this, and there are many without power right now.  It could be days, maybe even a week, before all is restored.  Our heat advisory is not done yet either.  We have 1 or 2 more days that it’s expected to be in the high 90’s to near 100 degrees.  I am so so grateful that we haven’t lost power.  I hope that others are doing well in this disaster, and that the restoration goes quickly so people can have relief.


I was playing with my settings today, added some new stuff on the sidebar (blogroll, goodreads, twitter), and changed the theme.  Let me know what you think, or if you have suggestions to make it look better!

Me & my girls   Leave a comment

Thought it was about time to do an update, kind of like, the state of our house.  Where to begin..

Alex had her scopes done on May 29th, and we had a follow up for her on June 7th.  She has eosinophilic esophagitis, an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus.  She has to take 2 prescribed prilosec a day, and no spicy foods, no acidic foods or drinks, and no soda, and remain low lactose.  She has to have another endoscope in 3 months, and a follow up after that, and then we find out if any of that helped or not.  If not, she will be sent to another specialist to determine *what* is causing the allergy in her esophagus.  At least we know that it’s not “in her head” or maybe “stress” causing her pain.  This is real.  And I feel vindicated in knowing something was going on, and didn’t give up, looking for a diagnosis.

Marissa saw the neurologist today.  She’s fine.. other than the headache that won’t leave her for over a month now.  They don’t feel it’s anything with her brain, she tested fine today with the exam.  They are going to see if the insurance will cover an MRI, just to have a look.. but doubt they will find anything.  In the mean time, we are to encourage a more set bedtime / awake time, and have more healthy foods / less processed foods, and add some vitamin B2.  See them again in 6 weeks.

MY follow up was GREAT!  My A1C went from 7.7  last visit (3 months ago), to 6.6!  My cholesterol & triglycerides are better than they’ve ever been, and I’d lost 5 pounds since last visit (which, I gain & lose the same 5 pounds any given day, but I’ll take it!).  My blood pressure was great, pulse was fine, liver looked improved and the doctor is overall pleased with me today.  More exercise is all she says.. but she’s always told me this.  I’m trying.. as Steve says, “you’re the most trying person I know..”  ha ha.

We got new living room furniture this weekend.  It was a random, hey, they’re having an awesome sale, let’s check it out, and bring it home today kind of thing.  I love it!  What I don’t love, is how big the old sectional is, and how small the other living room is to fit it in.  Or, not fit.. whichever way you want to look at it.  It’s there, for now.  It needs cleaning, badly.  UGH.  5 cats on it all the time, and years of abuse- it’s rough right now.  At least it’s in better shape than what was in the other room.. that was a couch that all the springs had sprung and you’d sink to the floor when you sat on it.

Anyways, that’s about it.  We are sore from the furniture moving this weekend,  I think I hear my chiropractor calling.

My day in Gaithersburg, aka, seeing The Bloggess!   4 comments

It feels like a Sunday.. but really, just a long Saturday.  I woke up early, played some Diablo 3, helped hubby a lil bit when he was installing flooring upstairs, started a roast in the crock pot, then loaded 3 teens, hubby, and myself in the truck, and headed to the Gaithersburg, MD Book Festival.  AKA come see Jenny Lawson, thebloggess, and laugh your ass off day.  It took just over an hour to get to the shuttle that would take us to the festival, and wow, it should have just been Jenny Lawson day there.  I think everyone there was there for her, and it was AWESOME.  She read to us, a chapter from her book, that had us all rolling in our chairs.  (the chapter had to do with some ex-lax, and a non-rapist kitty.)  Afterwards, stood in line to see her .. minus my book, because I’m just smart like that to not take my book with me to see the author to get it signed.  smh.  Got to have pic taken with her, with the family +1, and she even signed my arm in sharpie marker!  I’m seriously going to try to avoid scrubbing my arm thru Monday, so that I can sport my bloggess love for a day at work.  Did not get home until about 8:30pm, had dinner just after 9pm.. so worth it!

Some photos from the day!

Enter Jenny Lawson, thebloggess

Jenny Lawson reads a chapter to her fans.

Standing in line to get pics & signed. The line was MUCH longer when we started.

Copernicus with his diet coke!

Jenny Lawson, myself, and my family +1

Signed by Jenny Lawson!


I so wanted to have time to talk to her, but I knew it wasn’t really possible.  Like so many, we read her words and think of her just like a good friend, someone we could have a real heart to heart with.  I wanted to ask her, how is she holding up with all of the travel & all of the people, and all of the attention.  I really wished I’d have brought my book for a personal note from her, or come up with some witty amazing gift that would be worthy, but it was still great to see her, listen to her read about ex-lax and non rapist kitty Posey, and have a picture taken with her.  All in all, a great day!

Thank you Jenny Lawson, for making my day.. furiously happy.


Farewell May   2 comments

T- 3 days and counting till PROM.  I think I’m just as excited about getting the mani/pedi Friday night!  Hard to tell if Alex is excited or not, but I plan to take some pics after she’s looking like a total princess.

Marissa is NOT getting better like I thought.  The redness / infection was taken care of by the z-pack, but she still has the headache that won’t quit for 2 weeks now.  Took her to her doctor’s office on Tuesday, where they prescribed a “different class of drug” than the imitrex, but designed to do the same thing, effectively get rid of it.  It has not worked yet.  We go back Friday afternoon for a follow up, and with her not progressing, they will likely be ordering imaging.

My chiropractor visit will get pushed back again, I just don’t have time to leave work for 60-90 minutes this week, what with having to take Marissa to the doctor twice.  I’m continuing on with the stretching she asked me to do, and while the reps aren’t improving, my shoulder is acting up less, tho there is still some pain.

I can’t believe this is pretty much, the last week of school for my girls.  The next 2 weeks after this is exams, and then they are done.

I should be watching IDOL right now, but Marissa put on Dr. Who on Netflix.. she is a new fan (as of this week) and it’s all she’s done while she’s been home this week.  Yay for DVR’s and I’ll be watching IDOL as soon as she’s done with the current episode she’s on.

Not much else to report on, but just felt like updating on the kiddos.  June needs to just get here and get this month over with already.  Hard to believe this June, Steve & I will be married for 23 years!

June 17, 1989.

Posted May 9, 2012 by Meg's Simple Life in life in general, prom

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Randomocity   2 comments

So, I haven’t written about anything on here, since the end of January.  I’ve thought about it, but then either time passes me by & I lose the motivation, or I simply have nothing really interesting to say.  I guess for now, I’ll try to recap stuff that’s been happening around here.

Alex is still suffering from random stomach pains, and all of her lab work has come up “in the normal range”, so we are proceeding with giving a 17 year old, a colonoscopy & an endoscopy.  Those will occur on the last day of school, the day after Memorial Day.  She is not so very thrilled with the idea of it all.  Best part, because she’s not 18, we have to see a pediatric specialist, and the closest one to us, is out of D.C., about 2 hours away.  Yay.

Marissa had allergy testing done recently, and she is the total opposite of her sister.  Where Alex is allergic to.. life? Marissa is allergic to next to nothing.  Dust mites, cockroach dust, bermuda grass, and plant mold from corn.  So pretty much, the main thing here, is the dust mites.  She is pretty damn lucky.  She did just have something wrong with her.. a migraine headache that would give her no peace for a good week.. so I took her to urgent care and they found that her ear & throat were red, and her sinuses were packed tight.  She earned a z pack, and imitrex.  That was on Thursday last week, and she is doing much better.

Me, well, ever since our tv died in January, I’ve had growing pain in my shoulder. (as a result of moving tv’s in & out of the house, that weighed, oh, probably 9000000000 pounds or so.)  So much so, that I started seeing my chiropractor again.  No matter what she does, the pain keeps coming back.  Right now, my neck is so sore between my neck & shoulder, that I can barely turn my head.  I was to see her this past Thursday, but she had a family emergency, so had to reschedule.  I’ll see her this Thursday instead.  I’ve been going at least once a week for the past 2 months.  She gave me some elastic type band to work on strengthening exercises for my shoulders & upper back, but I still can only seem to do about 5 reps of the 2 different types.  It’s only been about a week, but still, it’s difficult.  She said they were to be “pain free reps”, but how is it to be pain free, if I’m struggling with pain as it is?

Steve’s Aunt Dawn lost her battle with cancer last month.  She was only 48.  Cancer sucks ya’ll.

Our 5 cats continue to plot my demise, under the pretense of showing me affection.  They are trying their best not to get caught with their suspicious behavior of winding through my feet as I descend the stairs with full hands & limited vision from whatever I happen to be carrying at the time.  Adorable they may be, do not underestimate them!

We had an awesome view of the space shuttle as it made the final trip around D.C., from our office that sits across from the Dulles airport.  It was an amazing sight.  I’ve watched a few take-offs, from television, but this was the first time I’ve seen one like this.  Even though it was being carried, to see it in the air, was still quite wonderful.  I hope that sometime in the future, we are able to continue our space program.  Many children grow up dreaming to be astronauts someday, and it would be sad to lose that dream forever.

Could this post be any more random?  Let me think on that a moment..

My children have never seen Wayne’s World.  wow..

I have been reading a lot lately.  And Marissa & I share most of the same books.  LOVED The Hunger Games.  Have been reading a few random “Dark-Hunter” books from Sherrilyn Kenyon.  THOSE are um.. too adult for an almost 15 year old.  Just saying, glad I read it first, before she did.  I obtained most of the Harry Potter books from my dad when we went home last month, and will eventually, finally, get to read them.  Of course, I have several others in que.  And.. I just may have to succumb to the idea of reading 50 shades of gray.  The more I hear of it, the more intrigued I am.  And I really haven’t heard that much, other than it’s pretty much adult material, it was apparently based on Twilight fan fiction.  I finished reading “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, a mostly true memoir”, by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess.  I am thrilled to find out, she is touring to a city within an hour of here, and I *will* get to go!  May 19th woohoo! I read 90% of the book out loud to my family, while we were driving to & from Pennsylvania.  I was feeling pretty hoarse afterwards!  But, the family was enjoying it so much, they kept pushing me to read more & more of it, praising the way I read.  Steve said I should do audiobooks..lol.  Whatever!

Alex has her junior prom next weekend.  She is going to look so lovely.  And she is going to get her first mani/pedi Friday night.  She picked out her prom dress after a blitz of the mall & ransacking Deb Shop.


The chosen dress, bought while they were closing the gates in the mall.

My computer has been fubar ever since I tried to do some maintenance on it myself.  I was *only* trying to make room on my hard drive, that was too stuffed to do anything.  Yea.  Somehow, I deleted important stuff, and it took many system restores later to get it semi right. (I still get occasional crashes.) But, as a side effect, it’s more bitchy than normal, so that means I am as well.  Probably in July, I’m getting a new computer.  Just because, I’m tired of trying to fix this one.  Just start over, and be done with it.  I need to save pictures, music, and videos.. the rest, I really don’t care if it takes me a month to reinstall shit, it will just be done, and done right, with no short cuts.

That’s pretty much it for now.  Oh yea, we have like, 2 weekends to get our living room cleaned out & the floor installed, because my inlaws will be here for Memorial weekend.  I’m happy that they are coming, but the time crunch is on.  And with Prom next weekend, and going to see Jenny Lawson the weekend after, it should make for some interesting time crunching to get the floor done!

Feeling Nostalgic   1 comment

Just a bit over 2 years ago, my mom was finally no longer suffering or in pain, although she left the rest of us here to miss her.  There are so many times I find out something I want to tell her, or even ask her.  You could say, I think of her pretty often.  Anyway, after she’d been gone a few months, on a visit home to see dad, he gave me her jewelry box.  I always loved playing in her stuff when I was a little girl, and more than caring about what was inside, it was the nostalgia of sitting on her bed and playing in her jewelry while she let me, that I cared most about.

Well, I’ve gone through it a few times since then.  Thinking of her, and how she really didn’t wear a lot of it later in life.  She was in such bad health, and arthritis had crippled her so much, she just couldn’t work the jewelry to get it on.  She has a few pieces in her jewelry box that I really like, and up until now, have not worn.  I guess I’ve been afraid to lose them or damage them.  But yesterday, I decided to get out my jewelry cleaner and clean up a pair of earrings in there, that I thought were very pretty.  I didn’t really study them to find out if they were silver, white gold, avon, or whatever.  But, they are still really pretty, and the only thing is, the kind of closure they have, I couldn’t work on my own!  Do you have any idea how many years it’s been since I’ve had to ask for help with putting on any kind of jewelry?  I hardly wear any myself- other than my wedding ring, and earrings, I pretty much stopped wearing anything else.  And I usually never change my earrings, keeping in the same 2 pair for years now.  I ended up asking Steve to help me put them in yesterday, and he got them clipped with no problem.  I worry about the clip not holding, but they stayed in well overnight.

currently broken

I wore them all day at work, but decided to take them out tonight to inspect them closer.  Well, one of the hooks came out and now I can’t put it back in.  Steve, my always hero, said he’d take them to work tomorrow so he could look under the microscope to see the holes and put the wire back through and close it off for me.   I’ve been thinking if a jeweler could change the kind of hook / closure on this to something a bit easier to handle.. but I just don’t know if I want to really alter it.  In any case, I did enjoy wearing them today, and will hopefully get to wear them again soon.

lil ol' me


And here’s a pic of me at about the age of 5.. right around the time I actually started playing in mom’s jewelry.  In some ways, I still feel like the lil girl, wanting to play dress up with mom’s stuff.  I honestly don’t know where the blonde came from- my hair is sooo dark now!  So, this post was more or less me thinking of mom, and not much else.  Hey, I never said I was interesting.

Posted January 30, 2012 by Meg's Simple Life in life in general

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