Monday, January 26, 2015

First World Problems

I'm surprised our router isn't smoking. Not that we have ALL of these things on the WiFi at the same time, but in this house we have the following devices that all connect to our poor, overworked router:
  • 3 iPhones
  • 3 iPads
  • 3 iTouches
  • 5 laptops (3 personal, 2 work)
  • 2 Pill speakers
  • 1 printer
  • 1 desktop computer
  • 1 Kindle


I could really use a work at home day tomorrow... come on, snow!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Love the Shuffle Feature!I

I finally got our iTunes Library moved off the dinosaur of a computer we had it on, and moved onto our family laptop that we pretty much got for just that purpose. (It was free... we just upgraded the processor.) Because the Library is now on a computer that will actually open the application in far less than 10 minutes, it's actually usable and we can update the music on our i-devices. SO EXCITING!!

So yesterday I synced my phone for the first time since I got it. I FINALLY got rid of the rogue headbanger music that somehow creeped on there from Justin and John, and everything that's on there is music that *I* chose!

It's quite an eclectic mix. For example, the last 10 songs that played were:
Bitch, by Meredith Brooks
Shama Lama Ding Dong from Animal House
I Gotta Feeling, by the Black Eyed Peas
Lean on Me, by Club Nouveau
Footloose, by Kenny Loggins
Sunglasses at Night, by Corey Hart
Here I Go Again, by Whitesnake
Don't Stop Believin', by Journey
Hey There Delilah, by the Plain White Ts
Lose Yourself, by Eminem

A little pop, a little retro, a little 80s hair band, and even some rap. All great! So fun. :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I could live quite comfortably for quite awhile on just the amount of money Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch has paid in fines this season. And almost $500,000 in additional fines were waived by the Seahawks during his hold-out.


* smack my head

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Me! The one who never wins anything! I won a raffle at work that was put on by our building management -- two extended lift tickets good for weekends/holidays at one of the three related ski resorts in PA: Ski Liberty, Ski Roundtop, or Ski Whitetail. Pretty cool. :) Nevermind that I haven't been skiing since 1999 or 2000, or that my toes always get cold in those ski boots! The boys have actually been bugging us to try skiing/snowboarding for years... sounds like this is the year!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Curse of MLK Weekend

I think I'm just going to swath Keeper Boy in bubble wrap over MLK weekend from now on. Seriously. He's had three concussions in his young life, and they've ALL occurred over MLK weekend! The latest being this past Sunday; the previous ones being in 2012 (not hockey related) and 2013 (hockey related).

He was kneed in the head while playing goal in his house league hockey game Sunday night. His coach pulled him from play because he was a little dazed. He failed the bench-side concussion screen (called the King Divik test), with a score that was 4.68 seconds slower than his pre-season baseline.

So he had an appointment with the club's concussion specialist last night. She also happens to be one of the trainers at his high school, so that's way convenient. She said since there's no other explanation for the slight headaches he's had on Monday and Tuesday, she was diagnosing him with a concussion, but stated that she felt it's borderline and called it a "mild case." Still, any head injury, especially for someone who has had two previous concussions, is to be taken seriously.

I will say this one looks NOTHING like the previous two. He has no light or sound sensitivity, no nausea, no exhaustion. Just a small headache. So that's good. The trainer thinks he will be cleared in a week or less. And since she's at his school, she just wants him to pop in and check in with her at some point each day.

So... for now, he's not restricted from anything other than actually playing hockey. He can drive, go to school, skate (for work), go to work, do homework, take tests, etc. She basically said it's a trial and error thing at this point... if he's doing something and it gives him a headache, he should stop doing that thing or take a break from it.

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hit Me Baby One More Time...

Because, of course, Hubby and I are FINALLY (maybe) seeing the light at the end of the tunnel from the respiratory flu/bronchitis that we had over the holidays [I've been dealing with it since 12/23/14; he since 12/26]...

Because J-Mav had the same crud for a couple days right after Christmas, too, forcing him to miss a couple of games during his hockey tournament...

Because I had a big deadline at work today and didn't get home until 2:30am this morning...

Because [total First World Problem alert] we are still down a car and the logistics of getting Keeper Boy to work and hockey practice and doctors appointments -- when we are now accustomed to him driving himself -- is monumental...

Because that's not enough, J-Mav woke up this morning with a throat so sore that he immediately started crying.

Woop! Woop! Woop! Danger, Will Robinson!

I know it's not a well-kept secret, but my kids are not normal. They've both had strep several times. Neither of them exhibits "normal" symptoms. For Keeper Boy, it's vomiting. Maybe a fever and maybe a sore throat. Maybe. For J-Mav, it's just a sore throat. Nothing else. No white spots. Nothing.

So, I called the attendance line and told the school J-Mav would be, at best, late; at worst absent. And off to the Minute Clinic we went. We had to wait about 40 minutes (way shorter than when Hubby and I went last weekend), but she didn't even bat an eye when I requested a strep test. (Often healthcare providers will fight me when I ask for a strep test based on MY kids' symptoms and my intuition, because MY kids' symptoms are the normal symptoms.) This lady actually said, "Moms usually know their kids best." Refreshing.

Anyway, she did the swab and then did all the administrative stuff; looked at his eyes, nose, throat; took payment... by the time she was done, the timer hadn't gone off yet, but the test was already positive. We have a winner! And a 10-day supply of Penicillin.

Because it was already 10:30 at diagnosis time, no school for J-Mav today or tomorrow. No issues there. I was already home today, though I had planned to sleep a little. Eh... who needs sleep? I contacted the school again and updated Jack's status to out for today and tomorrow, and then emailed his teachers to ask them to either email me his classwork/homework or leave it in the office for me to pick up for Jack. (He was concerned about getting behind, and the fact that he had a test today and one tomorrow.)

Gotta love technology. His Social Studies teacher came back and said he could take today's tests (two 30-question tests on Colonial America) online through his Blackboard account. And she said she'd leave his textbook in the office as there's a reading assignment. His Math teacher said there was a worksheet in class today to prepare for tomorrow's test. She would leave that and his book in the office, and he can take tomorrow's test online through Blackboard, just like he did today for Social Studies. His Science teacher said no work to be made up. Just need to hear from his Language Arts teacher, but it sounds like Social Studies and Math were the big ones. Love that he has the ability to stay caught up online!

So, it's been a lounging around kind of day. His throat is feeling a little better. I'm sure once we get another dose or two of Penicillin in him, he'll be good as new.

And those Social Studies tests? Rocked 'em both. 90% on one and 93% on the other. Strep throat can't keep him down!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Is this thing on?

I was just looking up something on one of my old trip blogs and saw exactly how long it's been since I posted anything here. Will try to post more for 2015!