Thursday, October 29, 2009

Footie Jammies

One of C's favorite things to do is pull everything out of his boxes o the hearth. I finally got smart and put the no-no stuff in a zipper bag so he doesn't shove a thermometer up his nose or eat a handful of Vaseline.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It's the Great Pumpkin!

Grace Came Home a Little Lighter

Grace went to the vet for a teeth cleaning today and returned without her front right canine and the far back right tooth. She isn't feeling to good right now.


We were told by the vet that, without her front tooth, it might be impossible for her to keep her tongue in her mouth and may end up looking like this.

NOT Grace (yet)


If that happens everyone has to promise not to laugh at her or tell her that she looks a little squirrely. It will hurt her precious princess feelings. (No worries, we can laugh when she leaves the room.)

A funny little thing happened when the vet came out to talk to me about removing her teeth. She handed me her pain meds and also a huge box of needles and a vial of B12 to inject, she said, for some colon issue. When I told her I wasn't aware of any colon issue she looked at me like I was a nut and said she would review the chart and be right back.

While she was gone I looked at the paperwork, felt all the blood rush from my head and loudly exclaimed, "Oh my God, this is the wrong pet!" Grayson/Grace Ann, Cat/Dog, Meh, close enough.

The front desk lady looked a little startled but handled it great. She went to the back and got the vet and everything was straightened out. It's not like they removed the wrong patient's kidney or anything.

When I left the vet said that she hoped to see us again and that I didn't call and request my pet see anyone but "that crazy blonde doctor".

Monday, October 26, 2009


Cortland's party was wonderful but we only got a few pictures. If anyone has some could you please email them to me so I don't look like a negligent scrapbooker?

Saturday, October 17, 2009


The yellow room is painted! So am I, but that's par for the course. I always seem to get my hands covered and my ponytail against a wall. When we did Alan's office I had blue hair for weeks.

ETA: Just finished the dining room, too!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Don Sharp House Painting and Wood Repair Memphis Review

The guys who painted our house were amazing. Carlos, Mario and Phillipe were polite and respectful of our property, and, to top it off, they did excellent work. (Isn't it a sad sign of the times the bonus is if the actual work is done well?) It was beyond what I expected. Don was around every day to see how things were progressing and he always had a brush in his hand, too. I don't know why that impressed me so much, but it did.

We had all of the trim (windows, doors, baseboards and crown molding) and ceilings painted. It was a job neither Alan or I was willing to tackle. Basically all the time consuming icky work.

Not only was the work done beyond my expectations, but the crew was on time every single day, and they came back a fourth day just to scrub floors and dust. And I have to mention that my windows have never been cleaner. When they scraped them clean they also cleaned up the mess the previous painters had left.

Call him if you need painting done in Memphis. (901) 335-4325

And just because Don and I had a running debate going and I LOVE to have the last word; Don Sharp is an artist! He says he's just creative but creativity put into action doth an artist does make. and he is just a sweetie-pie on top of all of his other qualities. Last word! I win!

Don Sharp House Painting and Wood Repair Memphis Review (for the spider-bots)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Febrile Seizure a.k.a Fever Induced Seizure

I just wanted to let other mothers out there know that this is a horrible thing to have happen, but rarely a dangerous thing. It's scary and awful and terrible, but not life threatening. If anyone stressed this to me, or even told me about it I don't remember. I was caught completely off-guard.

This was our Tuesday night.
Febrile Seizure a.k.a Fever Induced Seizure

An excerpt from the link along with my comments in blue.
"The first febrile seizure is a frightening moment for parents. Ummm, yeah. No kidding. Most parents are afraid that their child will die or have brain damage. I wasn't thinking about the brain damage part. Just the dying part. One of the most awful experiences I have ever had. Ever. EEEEVVVVVEEEEERRRRR. However, simple febrile seizures are harmless. There is no evidence that they cause death, brain damage, epilepsy, mental retardation, a decrease in IQ, or learning difficulties."
Thank goodness I have such wonderful neighbors. Thank you especially to Tanya, Martha and Frank. After many tests the Dr. said everything came back negative and it was fever induced due to a virus. No damage done - just very scary.

It was the nurse who gave me back my freedom to sleep. She said that she has never seen a child die from one of these seizures. Phew. It was going to be a long 4 years staying awake to stare at a sleeping Cortland because no way was I going to let my baby sleep without my eyeballs glued to his every move if this caused death. Alan and I would figure out staring shifts.

Oh, I almost forgot, the doctor said he sees 5-6 of these a week. A week! The article says only 3-5% of children experience this. Those figures don't add up for me, but it's late and I'm tired.

Monday, October 12, 2009


How do painters not feel nauseous 100% of the time?

We're having our ceilings and trim painted and just sitting in the living room for 20 minutes I feel like hurling all over the floor. Thankfully Cortland's room is a stink-free zone.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sullied Record

Today I got my 1st ticket and it was for expired tags. 10 hrs past the expiration date tags. I drink milk one day past the expiration. I've eaten eggs past their expiration. Heck, until about 6 months ago I didn't even know they had an expiration! But there is apparently no grace period for expired tags in Memphis.

I asked for a warning since I just got the car out of the shop yesterday. And I asked because I have never had a ticket before. I said I couldn't take my baby to the courthouse, it isn't safe for him there. And then I started crying - not on purpose - and asked to be forgiven because my husband was going to laugh and tease me for getting my 1st ever ticket.

The officer was very sweet and kept saying, "please stop crying sweetie." And then he handed me my ticket.