Thursday, January 31, 2008

Stroller frustration

After a lot of thought I have decided it is time to get a new jogging stroller. The one I have is a double stroller and is on it's last leg. As Liam and I were running yesterday against the wind, feeling like I was dragging a parachute behind me, I realized that it was probably time to get a new one. The one I have now has been great and has logged many a mile with both kids but I am only pushing one now and it has been through a lot including the time Jeremy backed over it in the van (it had never been the same since). It has been making a strange clicking sound the last month or so and it seems to get harder to push everyday. I decided to look on craigslist to see if I could find a used one. There were a few that I email people about but they have all been sold. I forget that living here on the Island there is not a huge selection of stores to just go pick one up at. Most people buy them on the mainland and have to pay the huge shipping cost to get it over here. Needles to say it is making shopping for one a bit of a headache!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Big 30

Well I turned 30 today. As much as I was freaking out about it earlier this month, I am ok with it now. I feel no different today then I did yesterday so it is obviously just a number!! I have however doubled my efforts running now and am hopping it will help me stay young in the long run. Although I was a little slower this morning, I hit mile 3 and felt like I was finished, I am hoping it was just my being tired and taking the last 2 days off and not my age, hah!! It is funny, I remember my mom turning 30 like it was yesterday and now, all the sudden I am there. Oh well here is to 30!!! May it be a great year.

Monday, January 14, 2008

I feel better

I read Janus's blog this morning and made Jeremy take the quiz, that way I could make sure it was not rigged. He scored more like I thought I would have scored so I took it again. Jeremy and I have a few different views like on stem cell, but other then that are on the same page most of the time. Well, I now feel like I can rest a bit and stop fretting about being a "closet democrat" like my cousin said lol! The first time I took this quiz I did it really fast and I had Liam on my lap. I guess the lesson of this story is do not take a political quiz with a 2 year old on your lap!

61% Mike Huckabee
59% Fred Thompson
58% Mitt Romney
56% Bill Richardson
55% John McCain
53% Rudy Giuliani
52% Tom Tancredo
52% Hillary Clinton
51% John Edwards
51% Joe Biden
50% Barack Obama
45% Mike Gravel
42% Chris Dodd
40% Dennis Kucinich
30% Ron Paul

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Are you kidding me? So I was curious and decided to take this much talked about quiz and was surprised to say the least! As I have been listening to the debates and following the election I keep telling Jeremy that I do not like or agree with Brarack Obama at all. I was planing on voting republican although it is a bit of a toss up between Mitt, Huckabee and McCain so I guess if you wipe off the Democrats at the top of my list, ha ha, then I think it would be a bit more accurate!

67% Barack Obama
66% Hillary Clinton
63% John Edwards
61% Bill Richardson
60% Joe Biden
59% John McCain
59% Mitt Romney
58% Mike Huckabee
57% Rudy Giuliani
56% Chris Dodd
55% Fred Thompson
49% Tom Tancredo
40% Mike Gravel
39% Dennis Kucinich
23% Ron Paul

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

PBS Frontline Bipolar in Children Special

Well, here I go again. I am going to vent about another special that was just on about bipolar in children. Tonight PBS aired a special called The Medicated Child on their Frontline series. It was an hour special that talked about a lot of the different aspects of the controversy over this diagnoses in children and about medicating them. While there was no new information given I once again finish the program feeling worse. It just seems to magnify all your fears and then leave you with a big question mark hanging over your head. Wouldn't it be refreshing to watch a program like this and leave with a feeling of hope and have been given some new information to help in our daily battles against this disorder?

Jeremy came home half way thru and we were talking after and came up with this conclusion about Lorenzo; We know he has a problem, we know he has had a huge HUGE improvement over the last few months on medication. The other thing I am painfully reminded of frequently is the fact that there is the factor of our "genetic loading". I know what life was like with my Dad growing up. He has never really been treated for an extended amount of time and he is worse now then ever. That is a constant motivation for me to do everything in my power to help Lorenzo. On a positive note there was a whole min. or two devoted to research being done that may show if they catch children young, before the disorder has shown its full fury that it may be possible to prevent it from becoming full-on bipolar. I hope this proves to be true! I was in such denial after the doctor told us he thought Lorenzo had bipolar, never did i think that my Dad's problem would transfer to my Child. To be honest, once I moved out and started College I never event thought about bipolar unless it was wishing my dad would stop and get some help.

They did end talking about cancer in children 30 years ago and how in order to be treated back then they had to be part of the clinical research study so that you had 100% of patients involved in the study. Due to this they were able to go from cancer in children being a virtual death sentence to have a 90-something % success rate. I have been saying this for the last 2 years!!!! When are they going to do something about this?

Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Holidays

Wow, it has been a crazy few weeks here. I did end up catching the killer stomach sickness that the everyone else had but luckily I started feeling better When my family came out on Christmas eve. I was so afraid that we were going to get everyone else sick, what a great Christmas vacation that would be, but it ended with me! I did not manage to scrub the house before they came or get a lot of holiday baking done but it was so much fun to have 3 of my sisters here for Christmas. I have only spent one Christmas with them and that was about 5-6 years ago. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun to have a house full of kids at Christmas. We managed to do some fun tourist things while they were all here, we went to the Dole pineapple plantation, and we rode the Atlantis submarine (my favorite). After about a week here they left for home and we took last week off to rest and recoup.

I have had a ton to do for Church and a few sewing projects to finish up but I have not been doing any of it like I should. Do you ever have so much to do that you just end up doing none of it? I have to find some way to get motivated today as I have to have a few thing finished for church tomorrow. It did not help that I woke up in a not so good mood today. Liam would not go to bed last night and finally fell asleep about 10:30 in our bed. He was up about every hour last night and Jeremy decided to sleep in Liam's bed so he could actually get some sleep. I feel like I now need a nap.

I did manage to finish a few book this last month. Les Miserable's was by far the best, after reading that it was a little hard to get into the others without thinking how two dimensional all the characters' were and how poorly written the stories were. I was out of reading material and I decided to read a couple of the books Jeremy has given me as gifts this year. Poor Jeremy, He tries but he usually picks up some kind of paper back romance novel. if you know me you know that I hate to read those kinds of books. If I am going to read something I want to gain something or learn something from it and typically those paper back dime store books don't do it. Surprisingly I really enjoyed the one Jeremy got me for Christmas, the constant princess by Philippa Gregory was still a bit on the cheep romance side but it sparked me to do some other reading. it is about Katherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry the VIII. While it was a fictional novel it was based on the real characters' and after I finished it I had to go and research all of this royal family. I did learn some of this in school but I guess I am getting old as I did not remember a lot of it. But if you looking for a quick read that does not require any thinking it was good.