Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Finishing chapter 5.

I finished chapter 5 of my coding course the other day (I should be further along, but that's a post for another day).  While I was taking the 2-hour timed exam with lots of practical coding that I had to do (no quick answers), our internet went down for about 15 minutes, twice.  I was a little worried that I was going to need my second attempt and that maybe I didn't know the material well enough and having to also deal with the internet being down was about all I could take.  I yelled into the other room for my family to pray for me and maybe reset the router ...   My husband reset the router and it eventually worked, but while I was still waiting, my daughter walked into the room and silently laid 3 mini Snickers bars on my desk.  Ah chocolate, the help in my distress.


Yes, I'm very dramatic this morning, but it's been that kind of week. 

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Moving on to January.

Yesterday was Epiphany, also known as 3 kings day and the official end of the 12 days of Christmas.  So yesterday, the kids finally started taking the Christmas decorations down.  The whole house was decked out, so it still isn't quite done this morning, but it's mostly there.  We don't usually celebrate Epiphany but youngest son, because he loves Christmas so much, has decided that is when we un-decorate --- no sooner!  So I decided we should also have a feast, but then I had to work and didn't feel like making one when we got home.   I looked up traditional foods for this festival and found that in some places, this is the day that they have a king cake, a green, yellow and purple cake that has a plastic baby or a bean hidden in one piece so that whoever gets the special piece is the lucky one.  We ended up doing the "I'm tired and haven't felt good for several WEEKS" version, which was gluten free blueberry muffins with a huge blueberry in one of them, making that the special/lucky one.  Youngest son got it, as was fitting since we wouldn't have done any of this without his love of Christmas.  I would have taken the tree down on December 26th, because about 4:00 p.m. on December 25th I felt DONE with Christmas.

I still feel awful, my head is buzzy and stuffy and I feel like I may go into another bout of vertigo any minute.  Let me tell you, that puts a damper on everything.  I don't want to do anything.  Nevertheless, I am still working (a couple of days a week), studying my medical coding when I feel like it and can, and trying to get back on the diet and exercise bandwagon.  I made some cabbage soup the other day that was really good and hopefully, the fact that it's very low calorie and I've been eating a lot of it, will help kickstart my weight loss this year.  I've set a goal of losing 40 pounds.  I lost 30 pounds in 2019, but then gained 10 of it back during the holiday season, which is frustrating, but I'm still coming out ahead, so I'm trying to focus on that and also trying to decide whether to go to the doctor for my head buzz situation.  :-/

Mexican Cabbage Soup (I added a packet of taco seasoning).

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Well, it's kind of over.

We've still got 2 Christmas parties to go to.  One this weekend and one next.  I'm very glad that some of the family parties are after Christmas, because there's just too much to do before Christmas and during the actual holiday week.  It's exhausting.  We had a nice one but, of course, several of us got sick, as usual.   The gifts were a hit, overall, I think.

This new game, Tsuro, was a hit.

Our granddog Remus, visited for Christmas.

I got to play one of my favorites, Concept.  

We made ourselves a bunch of treats for Christmas eve, including this fruit tray and dip to go with it.   
 My oldest son really loved the hoodie I got him.  It may be too heavy to wear in Mississippi, but I guess we'll see.  It might be good for early mornings, walking the dog.   With the rest of the presents, I just basically bought what they asked for, but they were pleased.   I didn't get any studying done for my course and I started back to that yesterday.  Time to get back into the pattern of work, studying, housework and trying to lose weight. 

My daughter made full-length half circle and full circle cloaks for all 4 of the young adults out of polar fleece and they were very popular as well.  They wore them while we were playing board games, LoL.  It's like wearing a fuzzy blanket with a hood.

We got several more board games and the ones we've played so far, we like.

It was a good Christmas.

Saturday, December 21, 2019


Oldest son and only daughter-in-law (so far) are here and we're celebrating.  The only cloud over the event is that 2 of us are sick.  Both oldest son and I have colds.  I'm off to the store this morning to get some Robitussin and cough drops.  I don't know why this ALWAYS has to happen.  When we were together in October, at least 3 of us had colds.  It's frustrating.  Anyway, despite that, we're having a good time.   We gave them the first gift the first night they arrived, it was cloaks for everyone.  I bought the fabric and my daughter made them.  They are made of polar fleece and go to the floor and have hoods, so they are great for keeping them warm.  It's also fun to think about what it would be like if they all wore them someplace and just walked in a line or something.  It would be hilarious.  It's a funny sight, seeing all 4 of my young adults in floor-length hooded cloaks, but they're warm and they love them.  :-) 

Then last night, we opened the board games that we bought this year.  So far, we've played 2, Cover Your Kingdom and another one that has a dragon on it ... maybe I'll think of that later.  We had a good time playing, but I was kind of tired from being sick and working, so hopefully, over the weekend, I'll feel better, my son will feel better, no one else will get sick and we'll have some fun.  We have an anniversary party to go to this afternoon and youngest is working today.  The work and the partying are going to be relentless for the next few days but we'll manage to have fun despite it, I'm sure. 

Monday, December 09, 2019

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

We got the tree and other decorations up last night!  Mostly I sat and looked through boxes of ornaments while the kids decided where they went on the tree and arranged it all very carefully.  It turned out beautiful.  I had a little bit of an emotional time of it, because I opened a box that had all my mom's old ornaments in it, so there were a few tears, but mostly it was good. 

I think I forgot to blog last week about youngest son getting a job!  He had an interview Wednesday at Hobby Lobby and started Thursday.  He has since worked 2 days.   He doesn't hate it, so that's a good sign.  And, best of all, he (we) gets a Hobby Lobby discount!! Also, oldest son and his wife will be here in 9 days!!  Christmas time is a-coming!  I got about 75% of my shopping done yesterday online and just have to make a couple of little store trips, so this year, I have not yet turned into the Grinch.   We'll see next week when I have to do my co-worker's job again for 2 days.  I'm not ruling it out.

Monday, December 02, 2019

Feeling Blessed.

I had a good Thanksgiving weekend, despite having to work on Friday.  I got a lot of studying done on my course I'm taking, a lot of things done around the house and made and ate a good bit of yummy food.  My stuffing came out really great this year.  Yesterday, for Thanksgiving at my brother and his new wife's home, we had soup and my potato soup was really good too.  I'm a very hit and miss kind of cook, so I consider this a victory.  I had some really great conversations with people I love, played some games and sang some karaoke.  Great weekend.

It's 4 a.m. and I'm getting ready for work.  Thankfully my good mood is still with me.  I'm usually pretty grouchy on my early mornings.

Also, my Christmas cactus thinks it's a Thanksgiving cactus.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Made it.

I made it through my week, 40+ hours of working for my co-worker and trying to do my job as well.  There was some crying, some whining and some throwing up - I was seriously stressed, but I survived it.  The time does pass, thank goodness.  I haven't got my report yet on how I did.  My co-worker will come back Monday and probably will let me know what I did wrong.  Oh well, whatever.  I did my very, very best.   I have no doubt of that.

One interesting thing that happened as this paper fell out of the fax machine and stood up on end for several minutes - long enough for me to go around the desk, get my phone out of my purse and take a couple of pictures.

Onto next week.  Another one of our team has put in their resignation, so I don't know what the future may hold.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Getting ready for the crunch week.

We've got snow and pretty fall leaves at the same time right now.  

Next week, my co-worker is going to be out for the whole week and I have to cover for her. After that, it should settle down to once a week, but it depends on how she feels. I hope it's not a horrible treatment for her. She's been through enough. I'll be fine as long as I can keep my anxiety in check. This job has taught me what an anxious person I am. Whew. I feel like I need to get back to working at home. I don't know if that's the right course or not, but I've been out there, stretching myself and getting way out of my comfort zone and now I want to get back in it. I found out yesterday that my hospital (I'm VERY disappointed in them for this.) is going to transition all of their transcription to Voice Recognition software and make all of their transcriptionists take coding training or become secretaries. I've already started studying inpatient medical coding, so I have a little bit of a head start, I guess. It doesn't change anything for me. For the last few months my plan has been to study coding, hopefully pass the coding exam, become a certified coder and get out of this job. The only change is that now, the job as I know it is going to disappear? I guess. I don't know what it will look like.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to deal with anxiety, which I do by playing the Sims 4, Words With Friends, exercise (mostly just at PT) and binge-watching Mike and Molly. It's fine. I've adopted Kelsey Impicciche's slogan (from Buzzfeed's Sims 4 100 Baby Challenge on Youtube)


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