Sunday, December 12, 2010

random tidbits

I'm not good at coming up with things to blog about, but I'm trying to be better at blogging...and then eventually, maybe I'll be better at figuring out exciting things to blog about. So, I'm just going to share random things that cross my mind. Beware: my mind is EXTREMELY random...so proceed cautiously.

-When I have a bad day, I always crave ice cream...not jut any ice cream. I want vanilla ice cream. And, if it's available, I will probably drown it in caramel. But, often, even when I don't have a bad day, I'll crave ice cream. Currently, this looks/sounds divine:
...the Sonic Sugar Cookie Blast. I've always thought it would probably be pretty tasty, but I saw a commercial that was describing it the other day, and I was practically drueling....mmmmmmmm!!!

-my daughter is wearing nothing but a diaper right now. Why? you may ask. Don't worry...she's just learned how to undress herself. She can take her diaper off too, but we're keeping a close eye on her so she doesn't take that off right now. I totally don't care about her undressing herself randomly as long as we're at home....but I will NOT tolerate her running around with no diaper. That's just asking for pee all over the place.

-Jared's birth-mother's (he's adopted...I'll have to share that story sometime) family LOVES Taylor. We go over to the Bressler's house every few months, and at almost every visit, they supply her with a new wardrobe. I love it because all of the stuff is SUPER cute, and it saves me TON of money. This last time we went over there, they got her some new shoes. This is what she's wearing right now (along with just her diaper...she's so cute:

. So stinking cute.

- I have recently really started to appreciate shoes. I think if I was ridiculously rich, I would make sure I had 2 pairs of shoe in every color: 1 pair would be heels and the other would be cute flats. Shoes are fun.

-I work in a pain management office that deals mostly with prescribing the really hardcore medication. Because of this, we have to be VERY strict...we make all of our patients sign a "pain contract" that basically states they will submit to random urine drug screens, get pain meds from ONLY us, and that you will take the medication AS PRESCRIBED...unless you can take less...but NEVER more than prescribed. As I said, EVERY patient signs this, but there is a large percentage of patients that don't follow it, which results in us discharging them from the practice. Anyway, we're very careful. But, patients are getting very creative in their lies. WE had a patient who came in 2 weeks early for a new prescription. This is a HUGE no-no. But, she spun a story about how she was going to be flying out of state for the holidays and wouldn't be back in time for her monthly appt. Our PA told her if she brought in her flight itinerary and her pills that she had left (so we could count her pills and verify she was taking them a prescribed). So, what did she do? She brought in a fake itinerary. And, apparently, she didn't think we would verify it. Needless to say, she was less than pleased when we caught her in a lie. Also, I could be wrong, but isn't it common knowledge not to drink alcohol when you take narcotics? I think the pain contract says something about it too...So, imagine one of our Nurse Practitioner's surprise to discover an empty bottle of liquor in our restroom....I just have to shake my head all the time. Also, I've pretty much lost all of my faith in humanity. Yikes.

-Taylor has done pretty well doing without her "boppo." I'm grateful. Our next project will be to introduce her to the potty...I think she's about ready...we bought a potty for her for Christmas, and it plays music as a reward when you pee in it. I'm really scared though. I have NO idea where to even start with potty training. Suggestions?

-My Ward's christmas program is next week. I'm excited...as choir director of my ward I can confidently say that it's going to be great. I chose the songs and I had my awesome hubby write the narration. But, when I say "write" i mean compile. 99% of it he took straight out of the scriptures, quotes from latter-day prophets, and from Preach my Gospel. You can't really go wrong. If you're interested, we meet at 8:30 at the Lehi Stake Center. Hit me up if you want to know where it's located.

Ummm...I think that's enough random gobbeldygook for now. You're a champ if you read the whole thing. :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Updates, updates, updates.

So. There are many things that I should document, due to the fact that I never blog regularly, so this will just be a smorgasbord of random things....have fun!

-I don't work full time any more!!! HOORAY!!! My husband got hired full-time at my office doing computer IT stuff, so I needed to cut my hours to make it possible to have someone to watch Taylor. I do, however, need to work no less than 32 hours to keep my medical benefits (which is necessary if we ever want to have another baby). So, it's not TONS of time with Taylor, but it's a good six hours a week that I didn't have before. It's been really fun! I could tell a difference in her happiness (although she's a very well-adjusted child, she still missed her momma) in just the first few days. It's been such a blessing! I can't wait until I can be a full-time stay-at-home momma. Motherhood is AWESOME! Challenging, but awesome.

-Currently, I am listening to the sound of Taylor screaming in her bedroom. I put her down for a nap (which she hates), and it's day 3 of no "boppo" (if you don't know what that it, see previous post). Now, I'm not sure how much of her unhappiness is due to the lack of her boppo friend or her gneral distaste for naptime. But, I have to keep a keen ear out...she has this new fun game where she'll throw everything out of the crib when she gets really mad. Then, when she has nothing left to throw, she takes of her pants and diaper and throws THEM out of the crib (my Father-in-Law has had to deal with this the most as he usually watches her in the morning...he's had to wash her sheets about 5 times in the last 2 weeks...but there has only been 1 poopy diaper experience...). I just used random types of tape on the diaper tabs (there is a surprising lack of duct tape in this household) and hope that discourages her...we'll see what happens.

-EVMCO had the most AMAZING christmas concert last weekend (if you don't know what EVMCO is, click here. I didn't actually get to hear since I was participating in the choir (and with a 200 voice choir and full orchestra, it's hard enough to hear yourself, much less what the whole group sounds like), but the whole thing was amazing. If you missed it, you really missed out. We have another performance in March titled "Bring the World His Truth." One of the directors, Brett Stewart, is an amazing, talented composer, and has composed an oratorio entitled "Messiah in America." The entire text comes straight out of 3 Nephi. It is going to be REALLY amazing, and I'm so glad that I get to be a part of it. Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased through the Mesa Arts Center by clicking here.

-I am always looking for new music. I tend to get stuck in a rut of what I love and then never expand. I currently love Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Mraz, A Fine Frenzy, and Brandi Carlisle. My friend at work introduced me to Florence and the Machine, and it has me intrigued. I want more! Suggestions? I like music that is heavy on vocals...but even if it's rap, as long at the singer can actually SING and sing well (I guess I'm a little bit of a snob in that regard...), I'm not picky on the genre. Any suggestions?

Well, I need to start getting ready to go in to work. Peace out!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Pacifier

No. I'm not talking about the movie with The Rock. I'm talking about the baby husher...or binky...or passy...or boppo (that's what Taylor calls it). To different women in different stages of motherhood, the "boppo" represents many things. When Taylor was an infant, I ENCOURAGED the pacifier. I wanted her to learn to love it so it would keep her quiet. Now, that stupid boppo and I have a love-hate relationship....I love it because Taylor goes to bed SO easily with her beloved boppo, but I hate because she will ONLY go to bed easily with her boppo.
With Taylor being 20 months old, Jared and I feel that it is high time to ditch the thing. As it is, we've only let her have it at bedtime/naptime. And, sometimes we'll bring it with us to Church so she'll stay quiet during Sacrament meeting. Today, though, I was very careful NOT to bring her boppo to church...and then she stashed it in her diaper bag when I wasn't looking! She is WAY too smart!
But, I digress. So, back around the time she had just turned one, I actually got Taylor totally weaned from the blasted pacifier...we had like a good 2 weeks of her not needing it. But then, she got really sick, and she slept SOOOOOOO good if we gave it to her. I figured, "hey. I weaned her once. I can just wean her again, and it should be even easier the second time around." FALSE. IT is MUCH harder the second time around. I'm not quite sure how to do it..but I WILL be successful...eventually?