Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just a quick catch-up post

I realize that I haven't posted much in the last year, and I apologize for that.  Life has a way of getting very hectic, and it seems to have gotten the best of me in the last several months.

Last school year, I worked in a special education classroom at a local elementary school.  The job was physically demanding, so I came home from work worn out every day.  I loved the kids and the classroom. There were a lot of ups and downs (mainly ups), and it's a job that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Unfortunately, I've spent a lot of time over the last several months dealing with health issues.  I'd been dealing with a large lump on my thyroid for a couple of years.  I was originally told that it was a goiter that would eventually need to be removed, but that there was no hurry.  When I went for a follow-up last fall, it was discovered that it was growing much faster than expected, and there was concern about the possibility of cancer.  I had to have half my thyroid removed, and I've been able to breath much easier since it's removal as it was discovered that the lump was actually putting pressure on my windpipe.

Since having my thyroid surgery, I've been struggling with a series of illnesses.  Most recently, I've had shingles to add to the list of illnesses that I've been fighting.  To top it all off, I'm still battling with weight issues that we thought would be able to be resolved after my surgery.  We're still looking for answers there.

The kids have been keeping us busy.  Little Man played softball this spring, while both Angel Baby and Monster Man were active in their school choruses.  When the school year ended in late May, I thought I'd finally have a chance to catch up on a few things.  Instead, I've had a trip to Florida to pick up my mom, a visit from my sister and her family, a family trip to St Simons Island, and camp activities for the kids and our family.  We've been running almost non-stop, and school starts again in 10 days!

Needless to say, I'm still not getting a lot of time to sit down and write, but I intend to work on that.  I plan to be posting on my blog a lot more from here on out.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sargento Cheese Please

Wow!  I didn't realize how long it has been since I last posted here.  Life has been incredibly hectic since my last post, and I will have to update everyone about it soon.  For now, though, I wanted to take a moment to share with you about the Sargento String Cheese that I just received from Influenster.  It's a fun program that you have to be invited to join (I do have some invitations I can send if you want me to).  Influenster sent me a coupon for a free cheese snack, as well as this neat little pouch for packing a cheese stick in my lunch box (which I take with me to work.  I'm no longer a stay-at-home-mom, but that will be shared in a future post.).
I have always loved string cheese.  I'm not normally a fan of most cheeses, unless they are melted, but string cheese is an exception to the rule.  There is just something about the taste and the texture that I like so much more than other cheeses.  And who doesn't love being able to pull the cheese into little strings to make the snacking experience last longer?

I've tried many brands of string cheese in the past, but the Sargento String Cheese is by-far my favorite.  Its taste is much creamier, not too strong and not too mild.  It is all-around a great string cheese!  The flavor of other brands does not match up, and I've noticed even the texture isn't the same.  Best of all, my whole family can enjoy the cheese snacks, which are a much healthier option than cookies, candy, chips, or other snacks my kids often love to run to.

Thank you, Sargento and Influenster, for the awesome cheese snacks!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Two new cards

We had two new postcards arrive, and I'm finally getting the chance to share them with you!

This first postcard came to us from Grace, a soon-to-be high school senior in Texas.  She hopes to be a history teacher, with a minor in English.  She warned me to beware of hurricanes, since hurricane season is coming.  Thankfully, we usually don't have to worry too much about the storms causing damage this far in-land.

This second postcard came to us from Lina in Ukraine.  She shared that this shows images from the Ukrainian holiday of Malanka, which is celebrated February 13th.  What a great card!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Birds of a feather play soccer together

Okay, so I admit it is kind of a corny title; but it got your attention, didn't it?  So you may wonder what birds and soccer have to do with each other, and it's really quite simple.  We received two new postcards today with those two themes.

This first postcard, titled 'Fauna of Belarus', came to us from Svetlana, who lives in Belarus.  According to the back of the postcard, these birds are white storks.  I guess they already delivered all the babies they needed to deliver for the day.

The second postcard came to use from Anita in the Netherlands.  She is a math teacher with a 7-year-old son that loves to play soccer.  She reports that they go to the soccer fields 3 times a week for practice and games.

It is so great to see some variation in the themes of our postcards.  We are still loving our Postcrossing adventures, and we look forward to receiving our next surprise in the mailbox!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month

I've mentioned before that Monster Man was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome about two and a half years ago.  Earlier this year, Little Man was also diagnosed.  Needless to say, the need to spread awareness and understanding of Tourette Syndrome is something that hits close to home with me.

The time period from May 15 to June 15 is Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month.  During that time, I will be posting random facts about TS on my Tourettes blog, What Tourettes Has Taught Me.  I invite you to learn more about TS by checking out my other blog and keeping an eye out for new facts throughout the month.  And if you have any particular questions about TS, please feel free to ask!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

And here come two more

We received two more postcards from Postcrossing members today!  How exciting to go to our mailbox and find two little treats, giving us a break from junk mail and bills.

This first postcard came to us from Rita in Belgium.  The front of the postcard shows the Castle of the Comts, located in the city center of Ghent.  What a beautiful town castle nestled amidst historic homes!

Our other postcard came to us from Zhuldyz in Czech Republic.  She reports that the card shows many of the great sites to see in Prague.  The clock featured in the middle of the postcard dates back to 1410!

Chicago by way of Russia

On Saturday, we received this neat map postcard from Maria.  Maria is living in Memphis now, but spent time in Chicago after she moved there from Russia to earn her PhD in Chemistry.  She is currently working at St. Jude Children's Hospital, a job I am sure she finds extremely rewarding.  Thank you to Maria for this postcard!