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Merry Drear's Full Spectrum
Apr 3rd, 2009 at 6:15am
 
Hair - Wash and condition day.  Less shampoo and conditioner daily, weekly VR and twice weekly deep conditioning seems to give the best results for the softest and shiniest results.  I still need product overload for ponytails and buns so any upstyle is very infrequent because mousse, hairspray, etc. irritates my scalp.  I've ordered small scarves to tie around ponytails and buns to make buns look fuller and because in some contexts it may look more attractive than a plain jersey/knit elastic tie.

Health - Scared the whole family with my recent health scares.  Didn't tell my in-laws because they're hypochondriacs (sp?) and I don't want to be the one to blame if my MIL's worries killed her.  Had blood tests done at gp.  She filled five of those glass tubes.  Sent them to a laboratory at a local hospital and a week later nearly all 26 things they tested for were clear.  I only lack D-vitamin.  Not atypical for none-native Danes in Denmark.  This might explain why I've been so fatigued I've hit the table several times on weekends when I've rested on the couch and tried to get up.

Smear test was clear too; no cervical cancer either but I still want bleedings outside of periods checked.  Typical; as soon as I got a gyno appt. booked, the bleedings stopped and I haven't had them since. Roll Eyes

I've also been hit by one infection after another.  That could explain why my lymph nodes were all swollen.  I really thougth it was some form of lymph cancer.  Still have gyno appt. and now I also have a ear-throat-nose appt. because of a swollen tonsil that hurts like hell but I've become accostumed to the pain so I'm not really conscious of it.  I hope they find nothing serious. I feel good for now.  

Today is the last day of pencillin.  When the gp/doc can't find anything wrong they take blood tests and put you on medication just because they can't think of anything else to do, I guess.

Other stuff- Been calling council regarding our oldest Autistic son who lost his respite care last October.  I've been lost in their phone system and for a long time they didn't reply to my e-mails.  Now I finally got an e-mail saying that we don't have the social worker we thought we have but we now have one we had before, before someone else replaced her replacement. Roll Eyes  Yesterday our "new" social worker wrote a short line saying she can meet us on either the 4th or 5th of May, she'll call us, and she's gone on Easter break.  No comment on all the stuff I've carefully writtten, researched and asked about.  I can guarantee her that we'll have a VERY LONG meeting!

Random thoughts - My aestetic tastes and future plans for interior design are so mixed that I thought it would be a good idea to make an image folder on our computer with images of things that fit my tastes so I could get a visual overview and see if there are any red threads I could use as a guideline.  I've sort of noticed that my tastes span the spectrum of romantic gothic, Victorian steampunk, brightly colored 1940s-50s retro/kitsch, and timeless country.  My husband only shares my classic country taste.  I'm not confused.  I just hate being restricted.

I find it easier to mix decades, styles and eras in my wardrobe and overall personal styling.  I just don't know how to translate my approach to apparel style into interior home design.  It doesn't help that our house is a modern, standard Type-house. Roll Eyes  

Here in Denmark Type-house means lots of open space, little wasted space, plain white walls with a heshan patterned wallpaper that goes up to the ceiling which is shaped like a ^ and in light colored wood, same light stained doors, door frames, moulding, white plastic framed windows and exterior doors.  Small bedrooms, small bathroom without tub/bricked up shower stall only, large livingroom/all purpose room.  Mix of terracotta tiled floors and fake wood laminates.  
Don't worry -  All entries won't be this long. Smiley
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Reply #1 - Apr 3rd, 2009 at 9:42am
 
Hi Drear!  --Decided to start a journal, eh?   Cool  Good to hear from you.  *hugs*
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Reply #2 - Apr 6th, 2009 at 7:35am
 
Hair - Wash and condition hair day.  For the fun of it I tried to roll a pompadour at the front around a sock.  It took forever but it looked fine until I got to the top and didn't know what to do with the sock or how to secure the pompadour.  It's not as easy as they make it look in those tutorials.  I hadn't curled or product overloaded my hair either.  I suppose I have to sacrfice my sense one day and give the pompadour a try again.   So now my hair's just hanging and doing nothing and that's fine with me.  

Shopping - Saturday I finally got around to buying my dad's 9th of March birthday present. Embarrassed  We've been hit by every infection out there.  

I'd gone into Tøj & Sko (simply Clothes & Shoes) because I was wearing these terribly tight fitting ballerinas that were pinching the sides of my wide feet so I just grabbed the cheapest DK kr.50,- white jogging shoes/trainers.

I had white socks, brown capri jeans that are just above ankles on me, white/rose/heather striped knit t-shirt with boat neck, ivory coat, hair in ponytail with antique lace trimmed scarf tied around it and a curl at the bottom, pearl studs and 50s/60s style plastic ivory/rose pink bead necklace. Full but "soft" pink retro make-up. Really simple and just sort of channeling a retro look.

Then as I sat on a chair and was putting on my new shoes a lady stopped right in front of me, bent down until she was eye level with me and said in a low but clear enough voice to be heard by others that: for all of your effort you're still not Danish and you'll never look white.

I just gave that sort of nod that doesn't mean this nor that. I didn't rush to finish lacing my shoes and I took my time gathering my bags and walked out of the shop "tall" with a smile on my face. I felt like a piece of litmus paper though and I don't know if anyone could tell how I really felt.

Easter Break - home with boys.  Two oldest went out to play first, I let the youngest play computer games.  Then I brought the oldest ones in to play and sent the youngest one out.  That seems to work best when there's only one adult around.  Our property isn't fenced in.  It's on a dead end and off to the side so we don't get traffic up here but I still stay vigilant and never let my eyes off whom ever is out playing.

Tomorrow we've got the present to mail, and I've promised the boys we'll bake so that means buying a package of powder to stir in some water, mix well and place in oven.  As much as I love cooking, I hate baking. Grin

I'm wracking my brains about what to do on Wednesday.  It'll rain the next couple of days but it's cold today.  Hub's off from Thursday.  
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Reply #3 - Apr 6th, 2009 at 8:53am
 
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Then as I sat on a chair and was putting on my new shoes a lady stopped right in front of me, bent down until she was eye level with me and said in a low but clear enough voice to be heard by others that: for all of your effort you're still not Danish and you'll never look white.


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What the...?!   Angry 
How assinine and utterly pompous of that woman.  --Notice I did not call her a "lady" because she is defnitely no lady.  Argh, that makes me mad.
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Reply #4 - Apr 6th, 2009 at 4:26pm
 
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Then as I sat on a chair and was putting on my new shoes a lady stopped right in front of me, bent down until she was eye level with me and said in a low but clear enough voice to be heard by others that: for all of your effort you're still not Danish and you'll never look white.

Shocked Unbelievable. I mean thinking such things and keeping them to oneself is one thing. But having the audacity to get in someone's face about it is crossing the line!
    Is that kind of prejudice typical of Denmark? I may have to reconsider traveling there one day. Angry
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Reply #5 - Apr 7th, 2009 at 4:09am
 
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Then as I sat on a chair and was putting on my new shoes a lady stopped right in front of me, bent down until she was eye level with me and said in a low but clear enough voice to be heard by others that: for all of your effort you're still not Danish and you'll never look white.

Shocked Unbelievable. I mean thinking such things and keeping them to oneself is one thing. But having the audacity to get in someone's face about it is crossing the line!
   Is that kind of prejudice typical of Denmark? I may have to reconsider traveling there one day. Angry


It's been 11 years since I had a similar experience in another part of the country so I'd like to believe it's uncommon.  Others might have different experiences.  In my younger years I was often faced with stupid questions or some very embarrassing situations.  They still happen from time to time but they're usually not intentional on the other person's part.  I can be as guilty as the next person of putting my foot in my mouth so usually I don't become upset when my "exotic" appearance leads to an embarrassing situation based on someone's assumptions about me.

In my younger years when I was larger and I only felt drawn towards romantic gothic and ethno gothic styles (which I still do but I also feel drawn to so many other styles and more colors) there was one lady at the kindergarten my boys have all attended who asked me on a daily basis how I could stand to wear all that black in the summer.  I can't recall what I answered but it was just variations of the same answer.  You'd think she'd eventually get the message. Roll Eyes  I recall my answer involved my hair color and how many people around the world in warm countries have the same hair color and live just fine with it.

I'm not into long answers anymore when people insist on being ignorant.  I give them a thought pause and a short answer or let their comments stand for themselves.  

The point of relating the second story was to illustrate the last sentence.
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Reply #6 - Apr 7th, 2009 at 4:45pm
 
Ah, I see. It's somewhat reassuring to know that this isn't a common practice among Danes. But were it me, I would've at least made it perfectly clear to the, um, *ahem*  Lips Sealed her that she was being extremely rude. I may have gone so far as to point out some obvious way in which she was trying to be something that she wasn't. Roll Eyes
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Ah, I see. It's somewhat reassuring to know that this isn't a common practice among Danes. But were it me, I would've at least made it perfectly clear to the, um, *ahem*  Lips Sealed her that she was being extremely rude. I may have gone so far as to point out some obvious way in which she was trying to be something that she wasn't. Roll Eyes


The honest truth is that I don't posess great self control so the less I say and the less I do and preferrably saying nothing is usually the safest option for me.
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Reply #8 - Apr 8th, 2009 at 11:31am
 
((hugs))  Holy nasty people!  I would have told her to bugger off!...
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Hair - It's reacting really positively to Gliss' yellow Oil Nutrive series.  I haven't sprayed leave-in conditioner on all last week.  

Clothes - I've ordered four skirts and two dresses all in 50s retro style.  I really tried to introduce colors.  I'm comfortable with more colors now but I always choose  black if it's one of the options.  The skirts are black, black/white plaid, turquoise blue, white/navy.  I think the dresses are black and a blue one.  I've got a white/black shirt, a white shirt, a purple shirt, and a purple/patterned shirt to go with the skirts.  I guess I'll be using black and white t-shirts with the navy/white skirt or one of two twin sets in red and white I got from my MIL.  I love home knits.  

I ordered black canvas flats to go with the dresses and skirts but I still want new shoes that aren't designed for hiking alone.  I'm trying to get away from hiking footwear. Grin  If I recall correctly I've also ordered some small scarves to tie around ponytails.  I don't know how often I'll be wearing the seemed stockings I ordered last winter but haven't worn yet.  I've got white ankle socks but that's so cliche´ so I'll probably be looking for knee highs or even ankle in bright colors.  Failing that, black will do. Smiley

Early in the winter I ordered summer knits that were on sale in white, fuschia and coral.  Those colors suit me really well so I might try to make them stables so that everything isn't some shade of grey or wine if it isn't black.  Nothing wrong with grey, wine or black though.  I'm also very attracted to "toxic" shades of green!

I'm happy to put away all the blacks, greys, and wines from winter.  I've always preferred my winter wardrobe and putting it away used to feel sad.  I threw a lot of clothes away from the past two summers.  After losing weight and having to replace my entire wardrobe I've made many mistakes that looked good but just didn't feel like me.  Most modern styles and anything that wasn't dark enough, white enough, deep or clear enough, went out!  Much of what doesn't work with a late 40s- 50s retro style went out too.  I prefer the 1920s-50s but I'm trying to narrow my day style down to little more than one decade.  I like lots of historical styles but I need something that works daily because I'm not of a very sociable nature.

Make-up - I'm wearing less black, grey, wine, and brown eye make-up now and trying to find ways to use pink, purple, green, coral, and red.  I'm not seeing any affordable deep blue shades.  I've got an olive green liquid liner.  I'm out of black, turquoise and pink liquid liner.  I'm out of blue and black nailpolish and I need to use my red and pink nail polishes up before they end up being a waste of money.  I can't find green nail polish but Tiger which is sort of a $1 shop might have it.  I don't recall the quality of their nail polishes being that good.  L'oreal and MF had some good deep blue nailpolishes a few years back...maybe that's many years now? Shocked  I want higher pigmented make-up so that it's more visible.

Gosh will definitely have both blue and green nail polish!  I'm determined to get a good deep blue and a dark green lipstick.  I just need to use a few of the lipsticks I already have up, to clear my conscience.

Easter Activities - Walked, played outdoors, baked, watched TV, the boys played computer games and then they played some more computer games for the first three days while we waited for hub to get off work.

We visited a chalk mine on Thursday.  The boys bought bats in the souvenir shop.  Some very kind German goths let my boys choose bats first. Smiley  The big boys chose standard, black, plastic bats but the youngest one fell in love with a small, stuffed, neon green bat with silver spots and red ears. Kiss  

On Easter Sunday we ended up on a two hours killer hike.  That wasn't the plan, we simply lost our way and couldn't find the car.  The map wasn't to scale and some trails weren't even recognizable in shape.  Roll Eyes  The boys didn't complain once! Cool  We got home in time for me to prepare the traditional Easter lamb.  

Today - Am I the only one who's happy to get all the Easter decorations down?  Anyway, I've got to get out.  Doc. took a blood test and all the things I was tested for were fine except D-vitamin.  So I need to get out.

Music - Dion Dimucci, Frankie Avalon, all the "Bobbies" - Darin, Rydell, and Vinton, Everly Brothers, The Awakening, Nox Arcana, Spleen United,  Patti Page, Peggy Lee, Roy Orbison, and Gary Numan these days.   I can't find my DCD box set. Cry  I haven't listened to DM for a few months now and I've not even missed them. Embarrassed
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Reply #10 - Apr 15th, 2009 at 1:15am
 
Have you heard about www.modemerr.com? ; I love their clothes!  I have most trouble finding retro/rockabilly shoes.  Do you have any sources to share??
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Reply #11 - Apr 15th, 2009 at 2:53am
 
Haven't heard of it.  Thanks for posting it.  I sent you a pm with more or less related links. 

There are also some reproduction shop but I can't remember what they're called.  I know they advice costumers on shapewear/foundation garments so perhaps they can advice on shoes too.

They sometimes have shoes and I forgot to include them in the links I sent you:

http://www.tangerineboutique.com/
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i like your taste in clothes  Wink
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Reply #13 - Apr 16th, 2009 at 4:29am
 
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Then as I sat on a chair and was putting on my new shoes a lady stopped right in front of me, bent down until she was eye level with me and said in a low but clear enough voice to be heard by others that: for all of your effort you're still not Danish and you'll never look white.  


Sorry this response is so late, as I've only just read this.  

If that were me...although clearly not.  I would've wanted to know what it was that gave her the audacity to even presume  that you wanted to look white in the first place? Huh

I totally understand what you meant when you stated that Quote:
I don't posess great self control so the less I say and the less I do and preferrably saying nothing is usually the safest option for me.
because when I worked, people pretty much thought that I was a push over because I didn't always stand up for myself.  However in all actuallity, I was protecting myself and my position at my job.  I was always afraid that something could come out of my mouth in the throws of a heated situation that might get me in trouble.  So, like you, I basically wouldn't say much...if anything at all.

However, she was totally rude and clearly had issues.  I guess leaving it alone was the best option, but it would've really bugged me to no end to know what her deal was.  And since it wasn't a work situation, I would've asked. Roll Eyes  But again, I feel that you did the best thing because in the end, her feellings are her problem, not yours. Wink
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Reply #14 - Apr 16th, 2009 at 6:09am
 
La Diosa, one of the first things that entered my mind was exactly what made her pressume that in the first place then a bunch of explicitives went off in my head and I just knew that being beyond reproach was the best tactic.  I'm also working on being like the lady I want to look like and I'm...excuse, I know this is going to sound cheesy...trying to be a good Christian.  

Thanks dj.  

Hair - It's just behaving fabulously!  I'm not even sure I can encourage myself to try other products now.  I've just been leaving it down.  I don't feel motivated to put my hair up when it requires so many styling products to keep all hair up and out of my face.  The windy weather is driving me nuts though.  I'm a lipstick wearer but I hate it when my hair sticks to my lips.  Yesterday was a deep condition day.  Today was wash/condition and go.  I towel dry and shake my head.  Then brush when it's dry.

Health update - Went to see gynaechologist last evening 6:15pm.  It was up on the third floor in an old grand apartment building.  The interior was modernized with respect for the original architecture and it's clear that he cares about flashy design!  I'm glad hub and the boys waited in the car.  There were little glass tables, glass decorations, designer chairs and fine art every where.  I liked the grey toned theme with accents in lime.  There was also a fantastic sound system so I could listen to classical music and know that if someone else was waiting while I was in, then they wouldn't be able to hear the doc and I talking.

About the doctor - Past retirement perhaps.  Difficult to tell because he's that very vain type of older man.  Nothing wrong with that.  Just pointing it out.  He had a huge gold watch on and I had to control myself not to laugh at the thought of his watch getting lost "up there". Grin  I think he flattered himself thinking I was flirting with him.  So while examining me with the mechanical "salad tosser", taking a new cell scrape in case they missed something a month ago, scanning me inside and cutting away a lymph or something he'd found and showing me how he could flip the new chair up, down, and around he suggested that we go and have ourselves a little chat afterwards.  Grin  I wasn't laughing at the time.  I tell you, it's an awkward state and position to be thrown around in. Shocked  Well, he did a good job at examining everything and explaining it all.

Afterwards in his HUGE designer office, I got to see all his fancy technology and he showed how he can just send the tests directly, digitally to the lab.  Nothing new technology wise but the aestetics of the design had obviously been catered to beyond what you normally see in such a setting.  Cyber-Edwardian interior design comes to mind.

He said nothing looked unusual though and in worst case he may have to cut away the bottom??? or if they don't find any cell changes, he'll just freeze and burn it away.  He says it'll feel just like the examination but they'll take a little more away.  I won't feel anything.  I didn't feel him cutting anything out but I bled like hell all last evening and thought I was going to pass out in the supermarket when I went to look for post natal type pads because that's how much I was bleeding.   He'll call in two weeks and he looks forward to seeing me again.  Mhmm...there was just something surrealistic and comical about the experience.
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Reply #15 - Apr 17th, 2009 at 3:46am
 
My hair - Wash, condition, let it nearly air dry.  Got it into a ponytail with no use of styling products! Cheesy  I've got an alice band over the top to keep the shorter hairs from flying into my face but I'm so happy I'm able to get it all out of my face without the use of styling products.  

The only good thing about products was that I was able to manipulate the bottom of my ponytail into a long curl without the use of heat or rollers or pin curls.  God knows I hate doing pin curls!  My hair isn't suited for it.  Did it twice.  Not worth the two hours, kinks from the bobby pins and frizz.  I can't find aligator clips in shops here.  I haven't found setting lotion either.

Purchases - 4 floral hair clips - 3 small in fuschia, deep turquoise, orange - 1 large soft pink rose, 3 scarves in blue, fuschia, and coral with some different patterns on each scarf.  It'll all arrive within the next 4 weeks from Denmark's H&M online shop.   I'll use the flowers either to decorate the sides of ponytails/buns or to just hold the front back.  I'm hoping they can be used for retro faux styles to create the illusions of rolls.  I'll use the scarves around my hair as bands or around ponytails and buns.

Now they have some other large roses I like better than the one I ordered but they don't have them in stock until June so I'll have to wait but I think I'll definitely buy a couple of those.

I'm treating myself to 1-5 hair toys nearly every time I go to the grocery store to motivate myself to do something with my hair.  I bought 2 barette clips and 2 slim alice bands.  My ponytail looks tidier and classier for those days I'll want to look more elegant than playful and the alice bands don't even hurt my head.  It's faster and easier than loading on products and trying to force everything to "glue" into place.  It looks more polished and natural too. Smiley

Life (and hair in general) - Hub was at the ham radio club last evening.  He goes there every Thursday.  That's nice for me because that means I can use the pc in the evening.  The boys are quite independent now and will help each other find pajamas, get the bathtub filled, find towells, brush teeth, take asthma medicine, etc.  I only have to help the youngest one reach his Pjs and take his medicine.  So it's not as hard and stressful as it was just a year ago with the youngest and a few years ago with the oldest.  

So I sat and crutinized images of vintage hairstyles which I know I won't ever wear because I know about the haircuts required (variations on the middy), the perms you need to get a good curl set because the natural perm look wasn't in so you still set your hair but the perm aids curl to hold and look nicer, brushing, teasing, setting and loading on of products, but I still appreciate the styles in their historical context and from an artistic perspective.  
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Reply #16 - Apr 17th, 2009 at 8:43am
 
As far as pincurls go I've had some pretty good luck with Got2B pomade.(it's orange inside and in a white can the size of your pam maybe $6 at kmart,walmart,ect)I use bobby pins(like 47 last time i tried) and it turned out wonderfully.But my hair was considerably shorter when I did this and the curls actually bounced. Smiley

Your hair would probably work with this if you tried. Smiley Good luck!
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Reply #17 - Apr 18th, 2009 at 1:10am
 
ForeverFay wrote on Apr 17th, 2009 at 8:43am:
As far as pincurls go I've had some pretty good luck with Got2B pomade.(it's orange inside and in a white can the size of your pam maybe $6 at kmart,walmart,ect)I use bobby pins(like 47 last time i tried) and it turned out wonderfully.But my hair was considerably shorter when I did this and the curls actually bounced. Smiley

Your hair would probably work with this if you tried. Smiley Good luck!


Thanks, but I'd rather use rollers from now on.  I didn't count the bobby pins but all of them were ruined afterwards.  Not worth it to me. Grin
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I'm also working on being like the lady I want to look like and I'm...excuse, I know this is going to sound cheesy...trying to be a good Christian. 


Totally understand.  People like that are never worth sacrificing your peace and straying from who you want to be as a person.

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He had a huge gold watch on and I had to control myself not to laugh at the thought of his watch getting lost "up there". Grin  I think he flattered himself thinking I was flirting with him.  So while examining me with the mechanical "salad tosser"

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Reply #19 - Apr 20th, 2009 at 8:41am
 
Erh...no.  But the bleeding's stopped and I'm feeling okay.  Excuse the reckless way I'm handling my life. Embarrassed
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Reply #20 - Apr 29th, 2009 at 3:39am
 
Hair - Wash, 1 min. "deep" condition.  I don't know if I really believe in that but I don't dare stop this weekly routine between regular wash/condition and wash/ACV/deep condition. 

Shopping - There are some supermarkets in Denmark that are allowed to be open until 8-10pm.  They're the ones with low profits and those in ports and the nearby town of Horsens happens to be a port so we have a couple of "late" open supermarkets there.  We bought the two oldest summer jackets, the middle one shoes, me some fish oil capsules, new school bags. 

I've just returned from buying cake mix for the middle one's 8th birthday on Friday.  He'll be allowed to bring a big chocolate cake to school.  Then I'll try to put together an icecream layercake for when he comes home.  Wish me luck!  I love to cook but I hate baking.

Council/county/social services - or whatever the equivalent is in your place.  They either don't answer their phones, the lines always seem busy or I get shuffled around before I finally get lost with some waiting tone. Roll Eyes  They don't always answer e-mails either and they don't let you know if your social worker has been changed.

We're not a social "case" as such but yet we are because anyone who lives with a mentally disabled person in their household automatically becomes a social case with own social case # and assigned social worker.  This is of course necessary but I feel uncomfortable about being a social case.  Our oldest son has Autism, the youngest one has automotoric retardation.
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Reply #21 - Apr 29th, 2009 at 1:35pm
 
Good luck with the baking!  Happy Birthday to your son!
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Reply #22 - Apr 30th, 2009 at 5:33am
 
Hair - Tried to wear a hat to go out.  Not so much to protect my hair but more my eyes because I can't wear sunglasses.  I can't afford prescription sunglasses and the optometrist has adviced against the clip on types and any type of "film" would add mm to my glasses and make them even heavier. Sad  I'm not a hat hair fan and aside from making looking easier, the hat didn't do much for me plus it's windy.  My hair's down today with is becoming increasingly unusual.  I prefer ponytails and slim alice bands these days.  

Baking - forgot jam and cream (to whip) for tomorrow so went and got that.  Got a huge chocolate cake in the oven for the middle one to take to school.  I hope he'll bring some home for his brothers.  Not that they'll suffer if they don't get any because I'm also making an icecream cake and a regular layer cake.  

This isn't the norm around here!  I don't know what's gone into my head. Shocked

Oldest school - They have bon fires, play with water and all sorts of other stuff that leads to getting dirty and wet!  They've spent more money on the playground than on learning material.  I know he has autism and I can't expect the same of him as of a none-disabled child but I'm becoming worried about the "focus" at his school.

Middle's school - They're only in 1st grade and some boy has already been bullied out and is transfering "to a school that doesn't allow bullying".  This is one of two boys whom my son was closest to. Sad  My boy's very popular.  All three of my boys are popular but my middle one knows who's good company and who isn't and will potentially be more trouble when they grow older.  He's already talking about that.  He'll be 8 tomorrow.

Kindergarten - Some girls have been trying to frame my youngest one for teasing.  He's no says the adults.  They say the girls are just attention seeking and my boy is more honest than is often good for him Grin so I trust the adults and my son.  

They've asked me if he eats with fork and knife yet and other questions as part of a test to see what they need to work on in his last year of kindergarten to prepare him for school.  No, he can't eat with fork and knife yet and his older brothers are only beginning to get a hang of it at their own initiative.  I've been completely honest and told the adults that I don't have the energy for stuff like that, which may be nice as far as manners go but isn't strictly essential.  JMO.

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Reply #23 - May 4th, 2009 at 4:58am
 
Saturday Hair - applied mousse to damp hair, rolled up on velcro rollers.  Waited 2 hours, blow dried for 15 mins.  got desperate.  Took velcro rollers out.  Blow dried hair, rolled hair up again, blow dried again. Roll Eyes  Waited for hair to cool off, took rollers out, sprayed hair, waited for hairspray to dry, brushed top over, finger combed the rest and it still looked wavish-flat for all of my efforts.  Roll Eyes  A slim alice band to hold the top back behind my ears and the top smooth kept me from looking completely rediculous.  

Sunday - Wash, vinegar rinse, deep condition 5 mins. while scrubbing face, body and cutting nails, rinse hair and air dry as usual before brushing.  Very well behaved hair.  Only found one hair that may have looked like it was close to splitting so I cut the tip off.  Nothing else looks damaged.  Hairs keep getting caught in my glasses side bars and broken off that way. Angry

Music - My dad's getting me DM's new Sounds of The Universe' off amazon.  I'm excited.  Other fans are saying I won't be disappointed the way many of us were with the majority of tracks on their last two albums; Exciter from 01' and PTA 05'.  I actually quite liked PTA but I wasn't impressed with all of the tracks which si very seldom I feel that way with any one album.

Some Hits albums with Roy Orbison, Bobby (Ridarelli) Rydell, Bobby Darin, and Dion Dimucci are the only ones I can think of right now where I feel good about all the tracks for lack of better wording.

Dad's also promised to look for some Jerry Lee Lewis and Dion's 'Heros'.  Believe it or not, but I don't own anything by Jerry Lee Lewis! Shocked  Strangely, I've got Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vee, (Stanley jr) Bobby Vinton, and other stuff most people wouldn't admit to owning even less listening to. Embarrassed Grin   There are other similar performers from the same period I don't feel I'm missing.

House stuff - No where near to throwing away stuff, re-shuffling furniture or changing decor on the scale I want to. Sad  I doubt we'll paint as long as the boys are small.  Then we'd have to stock different colors.  Right now it's only one shade of "fashion" white we have  to stock.  "Fashion" white... Huh

I usually hate yellow for reasons I can't explain but right now I feel I need to be surrounded by the color in moderation so I found an old yellow/orange/red table cloth, some yellow candles, yellow bread basket liner and yellow cloth napkins. Smiley  I think that's all the yellow I can handle though and I like that it's concentrated in one area of the living room so it doesn't overpower my senses.  Sometimes yellow can make me very angry, aggressive or just irritable.

Council -
They're not answering their phone and they'e not answered my e-mail. Angry

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Reply #24 - May 7th, 2009 at 5:30am
 
Hair - Wash, condition, air dry, brush, did kindergarten run, am now experimenting with casual styling that works in a modern context with my retro/vintage inspired style. 

Today: sprayed bottom with salt water spray I never learnt to like and applied mousse wax for layer enhancing I never cared for either.  Fluffed hair around with my fingers to create volume, smoothed top over with brush, then placed an alice band over the top.  Pretty neat and just a little less flat.  It's a bit matte in appearance.  I don't know why, but I associate matte hair look with retro styles and I think it gives hair an etheralness if done "right".  My hair still has movement. 

I just can't bring myself to just throw stuff away.  I won't buy new hair "stuff" when I've used this up though unless I find something that's both organic and affordable. Wish me luck!  I'll never use styling products daily or even weekly though.

Skin - I have blackheads on both of my cheeks and other break outs around my mouth.  I've tossed a lot of old cosmetics.  I'm very religious with gentle cleansing, oil free moisturizers and I'm only using a thin layer of MF mineral foundation but I don't have any blusher left and if I buy new blusher it has to be mineral too.  If my skin doesn't improve despite switching to mineral foundation, I'll quit using any foundation and blusher on my face all together and just use eye and lip make-up.  I won't go on the pill though some say it could improve my skin.  I'm just paranoid about other side effects the pill might have. 

I also need to ask my pharmacy for a sensitive skin, oil free, sun screen for face application.   La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Lait/Lotion was recommended to me by another Dane.  It's sold as a pharmacy brand here in Denmark.  It comes in spf 30 and 50 I think.

Council - On Tuesday I finally got through to them.  Got my social worker on the line just to be told she's quitting her position, doesn't know who's taking over but she'll write in our case file that we request a meeting and let her superior know. Shocked 

Other meetings - Had meeting at middle one's school Tuesday evening.  Not too bad, good in math but a very "weak" Danish reader.  I'm taking over the Danish tutoring from my husband!  He's an awful reader too.  Perhaps stupidly I thought they could both learn to read together.  Now my son reads words that aren't there, doesn't read words that are there, takes a really long time with each word and line and has strange breaks and pauses...just like his dad.

I'm prepping hub for a school meeting at the oldest one's school next Wednesday because it's at 5:15pm which is a really stupid time where I can't be there.  Yes, I'm a control freak but I'm tired of being the only one who knows anything.  So this is my poor attempt at letting go of some control.

Now we're trying to coordinate a meeting with a child psychologist at the oldest one's school at the end of the year to talk about what can be done to motivate him to learn things better.  Again, it's the Danish that's the serious issue here. Sad  I hope this isn't just any school psychologist but one who understands Autism too.  Otherwise her examinations of him have been a waste.  Those examinations haven't been explained or forewarned to us either.  I'll definitely want to be at that meeting!
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Reply #25 - May 8th, 2009 at 2:45am
 
Hair - Wash, Condition, air dry, flip head over and spray through top but not directly at scalp with salt water spray, wait for it to dry while finger shaking hair, flip head back over and apply walnut sized amount of Pantene Whipped Wax For Layered Hair through top and lenghts, wait for it to dry while finger shaking hair, brush when dry.  At least this gives me the appearance of natural movement and body without too much lost shine and it's not greasy or coarse feeling.

Friday - Day off for everyone.  Big prayer day.  Erh...well the boys have given their prayers some serious thought.  I can't say the same for their mother. Embarrassed
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Reply #26 - May 9th, 2009 at 2:31am
 
What language(s) do you speak at home?

Good luck with the reading.  My nephew has Asperger's and he's now 16 years old.  He only recently started to read up to level and I'm very happy for him.  Guess my point is, keep working on it and have faith!!!
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Reply #27 - May 9th, 2009 at 4:00am
 
Only Danish.  Hub speaks German as well and I obviously speak English but the boys will have to learn those languages in school.  I hope my oldest son will at least be able to read something by that age.  I have faith in the middle son's ability to learn to read up to level within the next couple of years.  I suspect he's a slow reader like many boys. 

Hair - Wash, condition, air dry, wax mousse through entire hair, air dry, tiny dab of shine wax for long hair smoothed over six strands of hair.  Feels and looks really nice.

Connection update? - It looks different, seems to work just fine but there's something that's different.  Even this page looks different. Huh

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Reply #28 - May 10th, 2009 at 7:22am
 
Mother's day here -  Woke up with a headache and feeling really cranky.  Hub suddenly drove into town and came back with a bouquet. Smiley  We don't usually celebrate mother's day or father's day but the boys appear to have decided that we're going to celebrate it so they woke me up with drawings and we've gone for a walk in the woods and had our first ice creams of this year.

Hair - rinse, vinegar rinse rose hip deep condition from Schwarzkopf.  I think I messed up with the vinegar rinse.  I usually use the plain cheap kind but I suspect it was the red wine vinegar I mixed with water and I'd accidentally mixed the vinegar with cold water *ough!*.   Hair's been looking and feeling great for some time now and I regretted having to put up my hair for the hike so it wouldn't blow all over the place because it's quite windy today.  Other than that, the weather's sunny and only partially cloudly with mild temperatures - 15-18C degrees.
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Reply #29 - May 18th, 2009 at 8:24am
 
Hair - Forgot vinegar rinse yesterday and I don't have time on week days for my rinse/deep conditioning routine.  Wash, condition, bun and go!  I'm praying for lovely waves before hub gets home. Smiley

Weekend - Lazy weekend.  Busy sorting through youngest son's stuff today and making his room more age appropriate.  He's 5½ and he may be retarded but he's not a baby anymore though you wouldn't know better if you'd looked in there this morning. Embarrassed  Bad mom!
H&M - They no longer live up to my expectations.  Two dresses and three skirts were too thin and too short.  Too this or that is of course a matter of opinion but I like a hemline below my knees because a) I'm no longer 20 and b) I'm not a Hollywood star and I don't look like one.  So I'm only keeping three summer shirts, two fabric flower clips/brooches and three scarves for tying around buns and ponytails, and a skirt which is of an acceptable quality and has a below knee hemline.  So I had to trek down to the post office and I'm no wise than to wear wedge sandals with hosiery. Roll Eyes  I don't know what I looked like wobbling down hill with a huge package. Embarrassed Grin 

I still want longer full skirts and shirtwaist dresses if I can find any retro styles that aren't too obviously retro.  I can't afford to prioritize crinoline petticoats now and quite frankly, in my small rural town it might look rediculous which is why I'm also foregoing hat and gloves.  I love vintage/retro styles from the late 1940s-early 1960s that mature women wore but I'm not a reinactor.  I'm too selfconscious for that and would have to live in a more anonymous metropolitan place to feel confident enough to go all the way out.  I don't care if strangers stare or glare but I'd hate for every nosy villager/townie to stop and ask me nosy questions on ever street corner whenever I'm out.  I'm very private and like to keep to myself. 

Last time I curled my hair I got the loveliest bends and volume but nothing that really resembled curls or waves.  I just don't know how to get the rollers in vertically.  I think it's too long for that or my arms are too short. Huh
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Reply #30 - May 19th, 2009 at 1:38am
 
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When I roll up my hair vertically (I'm assuming you mean a spiral type curl), I wind it on the roller starting from the center of the hair, not the ends.  So, with the hair hanging down, I'll place the roller on the center of the sectioned off hair.  Then, I start by spiraling the bottom half of the hair around the middle of the roller to the bottom.  After the bottom half of the hair is wrapped around the roller, then roll the rest of the hair up, spiraling it around the top of the roller all the way up to the scalp.  This gives me waves or spirals depending on the size of the roller.  

I'm always so bad at giving such instructions.  I hope they made some sort of sense. Undecided
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Reply #31 - May 19th, 2009 at 11:39am
 
Hi, Drear!  I have these : http://www.amazon.com/Wrap-Snap-Go-Hair-Rollers/dp/B000UJ246Y
and I use perm papers to keeps the ends smooth.  Patience is required and be sure not to take too much hair in a section.  HTH
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Reply #32 - May 20th, 2009 at 5:38am
 
Thanks to both of you.  Ah!  It took me a while to imagine the technique but I think I've got it.  We've got five days off from tomorrow so I'll try it on the front section of my hair.  I want my hair rolled traditionally with the front, top and sides vertical and the back horizontal.  That's a very conventional rolling pattern.  

My retro 1950s plans might be down the drain.  Just spent 2 hrs. ironing all my cottons.  I'll keep the retro bikini and the two short jersey skirts I bought to wear with it but the two pleated flared skirts will probably go back, they're cotton.  I don't know what I was thinking.  We're actually broke.   It has nothing to do with any financial crisis.  This is a chronic state of our personal finanses.  I was less interested in vanity when I was younger.  Wish I'd become interested in a cheaper hobby. Embarrassed Can't even afford real vintage.
 
The boys have all torn holes in nearly all of their jeans.  *Grrr!*  As if we need more expenses now. Roll Eyes  So my skirts will go back so they can have jeans to wear and I'll do the indecent and very unlady like thing and walk around town in capris and shorts this summer. Wink   In my rural area I doubt anyone was ever "every inch the lady".  The area was more rural and life was tougher then so I can't even imagine anyone wearing heels or gloves in any of the towns around here!  All the way up through the 60s my family in the U.S. had a much higher living standard than my family in Denmark.  
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Reply #33 - May 21st, 2009 at 5:06pm
 
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Thanks to both of you.  It took me a while to imagine the technique but I think I've got it.


No problem.  I hope your curls come out nicely. Smiley

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So my skirts will go back so they can have jeans to wear and I'll do the indecent and very unlady like thing and walk around town in capris and shorts this summer.

Too bad you had to take back your skirts.  I love weaing skirts and dresses too.  Although, I don't do so all of the time, as I'd like.  My husband prefers to wear athletic clothing.  So sometimes if we're going somewhere, he'll ask me to not "get all dressed up" so we don't look mismatched. Roll Eyes

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The area was more rural and life was tougher then so I can't even imagine anyone wearing heels or gloves in any of the towns around here!


I never thought of rural areas.  I'd imagine that you're right and not everyone back then dressed up like Donna Reed. Roll Eyes  

I have an old sepia picture, which I love, of my grandmother and a gentleman from that time.  They were dressed in old 50's style clothing, she in a dress and heels and he wore a suit and hat.  My mother said it was the common daily dress of the time.  Although, they were from the city.  

Yet, I'd imagine that back then, even people in rural areas were still more dressed up than people of today.
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Reply #34 - May 25th, 2009 at 3:58am
 
la diosa, what I see myself wearing is Swirl dresses and skirtwaist dresses.  Very ordinary.  I'm hoping that I can afford some real vintage dresses in those styles some day.  Getting the foundation garments right first should be my top priority though it's hard to be patient but I know it's a waste to get the visible clothing first if I don't have the foundation garments that gave them the shapes they had back then.  Swirls may work with modern panties and bras though.

Those of you who don't have to share your pc should be grateful.  I'm virtually out of touch with online connections real lives by the time Monday roles around because hub needs to use it with his ham radio stuff over the weekend. Roll Eyes

Hair - Wash, condition.  VR yesterday.  Did the cold water thing again! Angry  It's such a shock each time I accidentally mix the vinegar with cold water.  I'll never get used to it.  The question is; When will I learn to remember to use warm water??? Huh  Bunned it.  Unfrotunately my new scarves don't really match the paisley skirt I'm wearing today.  I found an old velvet scrunchie of mine that matches the petrol blue in the skirt.  I found earrings that match the olive green as well and a wine red eye shadow from a Chanel quad one of my SIL's gave me that matches the main background color on the skirt.  Black shirt and black sandals with olive green hose. Smiley  

The boys had four days off.  Well, two week days.  They spent a lot of time in the garden with their dad.  We're getting ready for a flag pole.  The hole has been dug and prepared.  Now we're just waiting for the pole!  I'll have to read the Danish flag laws.  No, I don't think Jolly Roger is legal.
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I found an old velvet scrunchie of mine that matches the petrol blue in the skirt.  I found earrings that match the olive green as well and a wine red eye shadow from a Chanel quad one of my SIL's gave me that matches the main background color on the skirt.  Black shirt and black sandals with olive green hose. Smiley

Drear, you are one funky chica. Wink

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What I do is mix up a vinegar rinse the night before so it will at least be air temperature when used. You can also leave it under the running water of your shower so it warms up a bit before you go to use it.
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Reply #36 - May 28th, 2009 at 6:17am
 
I know the last advice would make sense for me.  I always set it right outside of the shower.  Stupid me!

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- Got an important meeting today.  All nerves even though it's not directly about me.  It's regarding my oldest son who has Autism and isn't learniing to read so a psychologist has observed him and done some tests she wants to talk to us about.  I don't know if any of his teachers will be at the meeting.  I don't have it all together.  I have no idea which room or building the meeting will be in and I haven't been able to get a hold of the woman. Roll Eyes  Not sure whose fault it is and it's pointless to blame anyone now.  So I'm trying to look mature, pulled together and confident without wearing such personal style that it draws too much attention to me in the "I'm insecure" way though that's how I'm feeling.

Style today - Don't know why but I don't feel alice bands look professional.  Not even the slim ones so I bunned my hair with more product than I like to and tied a scarf around the knit scrunchy making sure no ends are left out.  I may be taking this all too seriously but this is the only element I feel I can control today.  Being a homemaker I'm used to being in complete control.  That's perhaps the only minus to being a homemaker.  Oh, and I can't take orders from other people anymore.  I'll bite their heads off!

Hair - I used a cheap, family sized shampoo yesterday evening to wash out some products I'd experimented with to make sure I could make this bun look good today.  It actually left my hair look really good but I still used my leave-in organic conditioner.  My hair was super well behaved and shinier than I'd ever seen it so I may go with this routine for a while and see if I keep getting the same results.  The conditioner is relatively expensive but so far it's lasted me a year and I've still got nearly half a bottle left.  I only need to use a few spritzes after each hair wash.  I'll still want to deep condition and vinegar rinse a couple of times a week.  
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And this is a problem because...??   Roll Eyes   Just kidding!


It's not a problem for me, it's just a problem for everyone else. Wink

Hair - It's hot and humid and I've overdosed on conditioner after having a good VR and conditioning yesterday late in the evening.  Then this morning I didn't wash but just used what seemed like a small amount of conditioner.  Result; greasy film and flat hair the rest of the day and itchy scalp. Roll Eyes  Not very attractive and I didn't have time to wash again before going to my ILs.    Washed as soon as I got home.  No conditioner right now.  I'll rinse and condition tomorrow and hope my hair will look and feel alright.  Of course it will, because I'm not going any where tomorrow. Roll Eyes

Clothes - Got a "strolling suit" (directly translated from Danish) from my MIL that's a couple of sizes too big and a bit drap looking.  You know, boxy suit jacket and straight skirt.  I'm hoping I can style it a bit modern and look cool anyway.  I'm thinking cute chemise and some cool wide belt if I can find one.  I might use the parts separately instead.  If I was going to wear it as a set the size would have to be right and the cut more figure flattering.  I don't mind classic and timeless but this just screams "old lady" in the uncool, unvintage sort of way...for lack of better term.  Got a heather/wine colored knit belt that goes with a knit set she gave me in the winter but I'm thinking I might try it with the strolling suit to see if it updates the whole look.  

I wore denim capris in a modern cut with a cute home knitted ivory short sleeved top my MIL gave me last winter as part of two twin sets.  I kept the make-up colorful in blues, purples and pinks.  Everyone approved and I like it when I get a positive reaction from MIL when I style her old clothes in a way she wouldn't have thought of.  Dolphin necklace from dad and multi-colored charms bracelet from mom.  How diplomatic is that?! Cheesy  White wedge sandals...erh...even I can err on the style clueless side. Smiley

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Reply #39 - Jun 2nd, 2009 at 7:59am
 
Hair - Can anyone honestly say that their hair looks good hanging loose when it's hot and humid?  My hair acts up these humid warm days no matter how little or how much I do.  Dosing the conditioner is a very tricky one.  Not conditioning isn't an option!  I've bought a huge bottle of vinegar btw. Cheesy  My scalp itches horribly.  Low pony, sharp parting, alice band.  

Vacuum - When the good old Philips broke down we bought a cheap supermarket vacuum cleaner that was supposed to be smart because you can either use a vacuum bag or if your budget's tight, use the included vacuum box with filter.  Now they've discontinued the bags in the size I need so now there's really no option. Angry  For the past few months I've had to clean the box weekly *yuck!*. Roll Eyes  At least we don't lose all the boys little Lego parts.  

Cosmetics - I'm not using anything on my face.  It's going to take some getting used to but my skin seems to appreciate it.  Still can't bear to leave my eyes, lips, and nails natural.  I'm experimenting with colors, shades and finishes I'll usually pass by like deeper "nudes", bronze and gold, and frosty pastels.  They actually look fine on me I just need to get used to them.  Bought Gosh eye quattro in Q23 Goldfinger and a few x-mas' back I got Chanel Les 4 Ombres in 79 Spices.  I like the bottom left color next to the gold in the Goldfinger and the burgundy in the Chanel Spices.  I own a pastel pink nail polish for the first time.  Eerie looking if I must say something positive.
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I can't bear to wear powder or foundation; I feel as if I'm suffocating!  I do, however, use mascara and the occasional lipstick.  And yes, I bet your skin does appreciate being naked for a change!   Smiley
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Reply #41 - Jun 3rd, 2009 at 5:12am
 
Hair - My poor hair deserves a better owner.  It's another pony day after washing, deep conditioning, then I looked out of the window and saw the rain and wind.  So up in a ponytail, smooth over with some shine, none stiffening wax for long hair.  I'm not sure how I'm supposed to use it and I regret buying two pots of it last year because I've hardly used any of it but I think a few fingers dabbed into it and just run through the hair is enough of this stuff.  It's that Poly brand.  It's hard with a liquid surface, yellow with gold flecks in it.  I think I'm going to have to let go of my pride and let go of these styling products.  Aside from the waxes and the mousse wax, everything else has alcohol denat in it.  Strands of my hair is a bit lighter now than it was last year.  

Sun bleached?  Product damage?  I don't know if that's from the few days we've had sun where I've not even been out for an hour at a time or if it's the use of styling products I've never been addicted to?  I'm not a fan of sun streaks in my hair.  I'm not passing general judgement on sun streaks, I just don't want them in my hair.  The "sun streaks" are very dark brown but next to the rest of my natural "black" or black/brown hair if you insist on being pedantic, it's quite visibly lighter than the rest in some light.  

Part of me is tempted to jump in the deep end and have my hair chopped off right below my shoulders and grow it all back to one length in September or whenever I can afford to pay for a chop.  Last October that was the length of the bottom of my hair so it'll be June 2010 before it's 20" again.  I need to give this some serious thought.  Maybe I should just stick to my original plan of losing an inch or so of the bottom every 3 months.  The progress will be slower but it won't be so drastic a change.  Recently I thought of going only every 6 months and having all layers trimmed.
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Reply #42 - Jun 4th, 2009 at 2:07am
 
I'm confused.  I carefully looked at the back of my hair in the hallway mirror in good lighting conditions and I can hardly tell the layers anymore.  I've also noticed that my hair grows about 1/4" less each month than it did last year.  I hope this is my hair wanting to even out the layers so I don't have to go for a big chop.  I could go for a 3" chop when I built up the courage and then just continue to trim off ½-1" every three months until it's all one length and then see how often it needs trimming after that.

Hair - Wash, condition, didn't do anything to it.  Looks its normal self and I'm not seeing highlights.  Must've been imaging stuff.
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Reply #43 - Jun 5th, 2009 at 9:18am
 
Hair - Another wash, condition and leave it alone! day.  I rolled my hair up on velcro rollers last evening for practice.  It gets easier but I have no real desire to set my hair anymore.  The foam rollers aren't working for me.  My hair slips off them, the frames fall off and they're hell to get out.  I break too much hair when I use the foam rollers.  The curls from foam rollers turn out super frizzy too regardless of whether I set wet, dry with or without styling products.  I like the waves created by buns.

Holiday - Today is constitution day and to be completely honest, I don't have a clue what our consitution says.  It's not an easy reader like the American constitution which was interesting to learn about in high school and later on again at comm. coll.  I forgot to check where and when there would be speeches today.  Everyone's got their garden flags up around here and at least we're able to join in because we finally have a flag pole.  Smiley  We usually have the long, slim one up for which there are no laws that say you have to take it down.  That one's allowed to stay up at all times. 

Our neighbor has actually experienced that people in the neighborhood have called them late in the evening or night to complain that their flag was still up. Roll Eyes  I know it's because the law says you're not allowed to flag for Satan.  Flag laws - I should make it a point to read them. Wink  Seriously, flagging is a responsiblity I'll leave to hub.
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Exactly my reaction.  I deleted the next three paragraphs I'd written on my thoughts regarding that law and a few other laws.

Hair - I'm nearly out of Gliss shampoo and conditioner so I decided to give Nivea a chance because it's the same amount in each bottle but at a slightly cheaper price.  Nivea has long been a favorite skin care brand of mine so I hope the hair care line won't disappoint me.  I bought the diamond Gloss shampoo and conditioner.  I forgot to buy deep conditioner.  Back in the 80s L'oreal appeared to be the most sold hair care brand in our supermarkets. I'll be okay as long as they re-stock all Gliss lines in case Nivea's hair care lines disappoint.  I haven't tried Pantene in a long time.

Saturday - Sudden extreme rain and hail here.  My scalp doesn't like it when it gets partially wet.  Then it gets itchy the same way as when I sweat.  Did extreme supermarket shopping and ordered three new bikes for the boys.  Standard, sturdy ones with just three gears.  Nothing fancy here.  We've bought bicycles at our local supermarket which is part of a Nordic supermarket chain called COOP.  The quality of the bikes is fair for what you pay and certainly meet our needs for occassional leisurely rides on weekends or the rare school bicycle trip.  The way I see the kids throwing and pushing each other's bikes outside of the school I don't want to pay so much we'll be sorry.

I'm on hub's laptop so I don't have access to my favorites and I have to type everything in and log onto all forums.  His ham radio also zaps the online connection so I'm lying on our bed which isn't very comfortable.  I hate using different keyboards than the I'm used to so that's all for today.  I'm just going to browse for the rest of the day.  
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Reply #46 - Jun 7th, 2009 at 4:41am
 
Hair - Felt sweaty and yuck so before going to bed yesterday I washed and VR.  I only used a bit of my organic leave-in conditioner before going to bed.  This morning I deep conditioned with olive oil for the first time in nearly 2 years.  We'll see how that works.  Washed it out after 40 mins. I waited for my hair to completely dry to see how it felt and looked before I decided if I needed to use any leave-in condition spray.  It doesn't appear so.  Right now it's so shiny and smooth I can't believe it! Smiley

Why is the shampoo bottle larger than the conditioner bottle in most brands?  I only need a small dab of shampoo to get any dirt or grease off my scalp but I use at least twice the amount of conditioner every day.  

Sunday - Today is some sort of election day.  Hub's gone to vote.  I'll go later so we don't have to wait in line with kids in tow.  I've just deleted a long rant about my neighborhood but I'm stressed.  I no longer feel that we fit in and people who live in another corner of our street (small streets with the same name, part of a neighborhood with similar streets named after poets)  make us feel unwelcome.  They are younger families who've moved to the neighborhood within the past five years and they don't have the same sense of community, friendliness, helpfulness, and tolerance that the older neighbors have.  Long story.....but I guess I have to accept that this isn't the place that we're going to grow old in after all.  

Hub's gone to buy outdoor pot flowers.  I've been missing that all Spring but we had "issues" to handle.  An ant just peed on my youngest.  He used to think they were cute and played with them.  I guess he doesn't feel so anymore.  I'm trying to teach him to leave the snails alone.  He's not trying to harm or kil them but he is moving them around.
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Reply #47 - Jun 10th, 2009 at 7:15am
 
Maybe this is irrelevant to anything but the text is slightly off on the top posted threads.

Hair - My hair's so fantastically shiny and well behaved after I've dumped everything I don't strictly need for cleansing and conditioning my hair and I've gone up to VR twice a week where it was once a week before.  The olive oil deep conditioning once a week seems to help too.  

Sadly, I had to put my hair up today because it's windy as hell.  I have a school pot luck to go to in the late afternoon-early evening and we're supposed to sit outside and eat.  The weather has better change its mind or I'll do my best to encourage a move inside! Angry

School party preparations - I'm making meat balls of minced chicken.  I'm making them relatively large because I'm lazy and I'm preparing them in the oven. Embarrassed  Hey, other parents just order pizzas and bring them in their cardboard boxes.  They don't even pretend to have baked the pizzas themselves. Grin  

Other activities - My middle one comes home from having spent the night in a scout cabin with his classmates.  They're 1st grade so this is a test to see how they'll cope and what adjustments need to be made.  I suppose it's also a test of the parents packing skills. Embarrassed  I forgot both flashlight, teddy bear and a bed sheet but I packed towell and a foam matress which wasn't mentioned. Cheesy  He's thrown his rain pants (two piece set) away.  Oh well, tough luck!  He already had a cold on Monday.  

The youngest one gets a ride home from having spent the day at another scout cabin.  They're just spending a couple of days there but coming home every afternoon.  

I hope I can find a few minutes to watch some youtube videos on paranormal documentaries.  I like the Haunted Britain, Strange But True?, Paranormal State and some random ones.  Ghost Hunters on occassion though I find the series a bit boring.  I watch make-up tutorials and listen to music as well.  

I'm going to prioritize my own interests more even if it means I have to fit it into the hours I'm home alone during the day.  There's no time for me from the late afternoon, until I hit my pillow, the mornings and any time anyone wakes up at night aren't mine either so I don't feel terribly guilty for relaxing while others are working.  Not much anyway. Wink
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Reply #48 - Jun 10th, 2009 at 12:28pm
 
hope I can find a few minutes to watch some youtube videos on paranormal documentaries.  I like the Haunted Britain, Strange But True?, Paranormal State and some random ones.  Ghost Hunters on occassion though I find the series a bit boring.  I watch make-up tutorials and listen to music as well.   '

I am a big fan of Paranormal State!  It the only ghost type show I can beleive to be real as I know Lorainne Warren from way back. I get my pants scared off watching it! lol!  I like the make up tutorials too!  My faves are Mentalshiver and Panacea (sp?)
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Reply #49 - Jun 11th, 2009 at 2:08am
 
Isabelle wrote on Jun 10th, 2009 at 12:28pm:
hope I can find a few minutes to watch some youtube videos on paranormal documentaries.  I like the Haunted Britain, Strange But True?, Paranormal State and some random ones.  Ghost Hunters on occassion though I find the series a bit boring.  I watch make-up tutorials and listen to music as well.   '

I am a big fan of Paranormal State!  It the only ghost type show I can beleive to be real as I know Lorainne Warren from way back. I get my pants scared off watching it! lol!  I like the make up tutorials too!  My faves are Mentalshiver and Panacea (sp?)


PRS aka Paranormal State appeals to me because they seem genuine and passionate about what they do and will try to help the people who have to live with these hauntings if that's what they want.  I would've never heard of the program or any of my favorite British ones if it hadn't been for youtube.

Panacea is one of my favorites too.  I've begun to watch some of the Asian ones too because they address some issues that Lauren (Panacea, Lauren Luke) can't address.  One Asian lady has copied some of Lauren's looks which helps me to get a better idea of what the look could look like on me seeing as I don't have big, beautiful, green eyes with perfectly separated large amount of lid above my eyes. Sad  A few of them also have a complexion that resembles mine though some of them are much fairer.   I'll check Mentalshiver.
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Reply #50 - Jun 15th, 2009 at 4:30am
 
Nothing to say about my hair.

I've got the middle one home with chicken pox.  The worst with the itching and burning is over but I'm keeping him home this week.  I hope the others catch it soon.  I'm in doubt about whether they've already had chicken pox or not because some children are hardly affected by it and I may have passed off red spots that got that scraped look on them later as small play injuries.  Well, we'll probably know if they've had it or not in 1-3 weeks.  Hub and I had it when we were around 3-4 in 1972 and 1980.  Hub was very sick in bed.  I had a high fever and was covered in spots all over.  I had to stay home from kindergarten for a week but I was outside playing in the garden all the time and didn't seem affected at all.

My vaccum cleaner is broken.  Everything's breaking down this year. Roll Eyes  Of course everything breaks at once when we're absolutely broke as well.  It's called lilfe and it's not the worst thing that can happen.  The good thing about having gone through so much crap is that it helps me to put more or less bad situations into perspective and not obsess or break down.  I still can't stop anxiety attacks when one of us has a health issue.   It irritates the hell out of me that I suffer anxiety attacks as soon as someone has something with a cough or their asthma.  I'm still able to care for the sick and it doesn't remove leave me imobile on the floor the way it used to.

nvey and Logona are supposed to be good organic brands but they aren't in the cheap end.  As much as I want to shift to more organic products it's not easy when I can't afford the organic brands.  I can't imagine completely foregoing any use of lipstick or eye make-up and the supermarket hair/body brand isn't working for me.  My hair and body require more moisture and something to trap the moisture than these organic products can provide.
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Reply #51 - Jun 19th, 2009 at 3:53am
 
Hair - Wash, condition, half up-do just to keep my hair off my face in the wind and rain.  Been thundering a lot too.  Carefully used a french clip.  I don't use them very often and I place them over a scrunchy the way I always used to.  I don't know why I forgot that detail when I began to use french clips again.  It's an attempt to safely and comfortably put my hair up but have it looking slightly nicer than a bulky scrunchy.

Boys - Middle one's in school.  They've not called.  He's the one who had chicken pox.  Then yesterday on the way to the dermatologist, the oldest one's school called to say he was sick and throwing up so hub left me in the parking lot and raced over to the school to pick him up.  He brought the boys back to the parking lot right as I'd finished at the dermatologist.  The youngest one is fine and is in kindergarten.  I'm keeping the oldest one home just because I know the school won't believe he's not sick.  

Danish law says that if your child has too many sick days (which isn't defined in the law) then the school is obligated to report you to social services even if you've been a good parent and not abused sick days and kept them notified each time your child has been sick. Roll Eyes Angry  So parents will try to send their children to school anyway to avoid being reported to social services.

Other stuff - The dermatologist doesn't think my "spots" look suspicious but wants to see me again in 4 months because I'm a darker person with a lot of spots and my skin isn't sun used the way it would've been had I lived in a sunnier climate so I still need to take the same precautions as fairer people and wear at least spf30 in the summer and some spf the rest of the year.  Health care (except for dentist) is free here so they're not after my money at the clinic.  I'm having my tonsils removed in September so it'll be October 22nd before I see the dermatologist again.  The dermatologist was model "perfect", with a smoth complexion. Roll Eyes  It sure didn't make me feel very attractive to have my skin scrutinized by Barbie in person! Shocked
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Reply #52 - Jun 19th, 2009 at 11:39am
 
(((hugs)))  I hope your tonsillectomy goes well.  I had mine taken out when I was 19 and had a lot of complications, some fluke blood thing and then it changed my singing voice for years.  I hope your result is complication free!!!

I'd bet Barbie didn't always look like Barbie before you met her.  Good luck with your spots.  Maybe they're like a leopards spots-beautiful?
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Reply #53 - Jun 21st, 2009 at 7:34am
 
Thanks Sakina.  I should adopt your life outlook.  It would probably be the best thing to happen to me. Smiley

Hair - Forgot vinegar rinse.  Used Garnier's Olive and lemon deep conditioner and now I remember why I never became a fan.  It doesn't do this or that for my hair.  So I'll just quickly use this one up as a daily conditioner and deep condition with regular olive oil even though that takes a little longer.  

Shopping -  Bought two new summer dresses and a new night "gown" because I just can't visit my mom for a week and sleep in my holed nighties.  I don't care at home but it seems tacky to bring holed nighties to stay at mom's even if she is just mom.  When it's too hot and humid for capris with short sleeved shirts or polos I prefer to wear shorts with chemises or simple no fuss dresses in soft, thin polyester.  Style goes out of the window when my scalp suffers due to humidity.  It's not been very warm or indeed anything that resembles summer but we've had some unbearably humid evenings.  

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Reply #54 - Jun 25th, 2009 at 3:10am
 
Hair - It's really irrelevant in the context of what's going on around me but of course it's really well behaved because I'm house bound. Roll Eyes  I wish I could say the same for my scalp but I know it's going to be this way as soon as it gets warm and humid.

Stuff - The youngest one is home with chicken pox.  The oldest one burnt one of his feet yesterday on the beach when he was there with his school.  They let him take his shoes off and he was running around in the sand and didn't see the white ashes from a bonfire from the evening before.  They quickly took my son out into the ocean, drove him back to the school where he sat with his foot in a bucket because his school bus took him home.  In the bus he sat with a wet, cold towel around his foot and the driver carried him all the way into our livingroom where I had a bucket of cold water waiting which he sat with his foot in for five hours.  His foot was bare and dry overnight and he's wearing a sock now.  I'll take his sock off and check him from time to time.

Sankt Hans - Tuesday evening was Sankt Hans Evening and that's when we burn witches off and send them to a mountain in Germany called Blocksbjerg in Danish. Wink  Due to the pc brigade most people just have bonfires but without the witch doll on top.  None of the women (don't know why I don't know any men) who have a nature based belief and call themselves witches have ever taken offense to this tradition of burning off a witch doll and some of them delighted in making these dolls themselves for bonfires.  They all celebrated Sankt Hans Evening with the rest of us.

We were tired.  Went to bed early without seeing any bonfires.  Hub had been on the road all day and I was exhausted from caring for a chicken pox sick boy and dragging him through town to pick up his middle, older brother from school and just trying to keep it all together until hub got home in the evening.
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Hope both of your boys are feeling better!
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Reply #56 - Jun 26th, 2009 at 3:43am
 
The boys - They're actually feeling too good and I have to remind the oldest one not to walk on his burnt foot because it's thankfully healing nicely and he's not feeling any more pain. Smiley  Now I just have three hyperactive boys at home but two of them are still getting a few new spots so I can't let them out just yet.  I'm going to go out of my mind though. Wink

Hair - I wash and deep condition nearly daily now.  Even though I use conditioners or products with UV protection, my hair always gets that brassy look that shows in some light.  I've booked an appointment for the 9th of July.  I was going to wait until September but I guess I can't go six months without a trim.  I found 10 spits yesterday.  They were all in the back, in the same place so I'm reviewing what I'm doing to my hair so I can prevent more stress to that section of hair.  Generally, my hair still appears to be in good condition though.    I had my last trim on Friday, 13th of March.  I hope they don't have to take off more than two inches.  It's not the salon owner I've booked this time but one of her assistants.  She's a fully educated hairdresser like the salon owner.  She only has one trainee and the chemistry between her and I isn't good and my husband had an awful cut by her, she also upset my boys.  All the others are nice.  We only booked the trainee for hub and the boys because she's ½ price.  Here's really a case of "you get what you pay for".

I know we all have to start some where.  I just don't want the assistant to start learning on my hair!
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Reply #57 - Jun 28th, 2009 at 4:34am
 
Hair - It was too warm and humid to sleep so some time after midnight I S/D but only found ends that looked suspiciously like they might split or have recently been part of split ends.  VR this morning.  Deep condition.  Leave-in condition.  Still not satisfied so I used a tiny dab of the Garnier olive/lemon deep conditioner as a leave-in and that did the trick so I think I'll continue to use the deep conditioner as a daily leave-in the rest of the summer or until it's used up.  I need to stick to the heavier cream products.  Sadly, we don't have that Pantene balm everyone in the U.S. is recommending that I try.  Someone suggested that I use regular sun screen in my hair and braid it but my hair isn't long enough to braid and I don't know if there are harmful ingredients in the body sun screens that might hurt my hair.

Boys -
It's like the oldest and youngest are having a second wave of pox because Friday I thought they weren't having any new spots but last night I saw new spots on both of them so I still can't send the youngest one back to kindergarten.  That means we get to sleep in tomorrow. Smiley
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Reply #58 - Jun 30th, 2009 at 5:20am
 
Hair - Wash, condition, spray leave-in, dry hair in towel, run a tiny dab of deep conditioner through hair when it's nearly dry.  This has become my routine on sunny days where I'll be outside.  I still deep condition twice a week with a one minute conditioner or olive oil and I still VR once a week.  Dusting again and found two split ends.  I'm actually looking forward to my trim on the 9th of July.  

Boys - I hope we can send the youngest one back to kindergarten tomorrow.  There are no new spots and they all look like healing wounds now.  I need to split up the oldest and the youngest as much as possible.  Their different mental disablities are incompatible.  One's Autistic and the other one is retarded but very social.  The communication between them is sweet and funny when they get along but it's hard for the oldest one that his youngest brother loves and admirers him so much that he wants to be around his oldest brother all the time and drives the oldest one up the wall with his talking and the youngest one suffocates the oldest one with his frequent displays of affection.  They draw lots of depictions of each other and hearts all around so I'm sure they love each other in that brotherly way through good and bad. Grin  The middle one has a normal brotherly relationship with both of them through good and bad but mainly good too. Smiley
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Reply #59 - Jun 30th, 2009 at 9:39am
 
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Reply #60 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 8:08am
 
Hair - Of course it's only after my ends on all layers are fried and split despite my attempt to care for my hair, that the grocery stores begin to stock common brands shampoo and conditioners with UV protection for other than dyed hair.  Last year I had the sense to use the kind for dyed hair even though my hair wasn't dyed.  I lost common sense this year and it's also only now that the hairdresser stocks (very expensive) hair UV protection spray. Roll Eyes  

So for now I'm putting the Nivea Diamond Gloss shampoo and conditioner away for Fall and I'm going to begin to use Gliss shampoo and conditioner again.  Not the oil nutrive but in the wild rose oil repair UV series.  I've used the deep conditioner before but I could only afford the regular shampoo and conditioner today because the boys are running out of sun screen and mosquito stick.  I've got my priorities straight!  We've had so many unexpected expenses this year that anything relating to my vanity is of a very low priority.  I only prioritized sun screen for skin because that's not just an issue of vanity!

Scapped lip -  Around midnight I woke up because a zit was pressing painfully on my upper lip on the right side.  I thought that by applying some zinc zit zapper (erh...it's Garnier but other brands make these gel zit zappers too) and carefully squeezing it out, that it wouldn't be too bad and wouldn't cause more than a needle point scap which I've had before and isn't a big deal.  This time the zit was quite deep and large it turned out so I woke up this morning with two scaps on either side of where the zit had been.  I must've pressed too hard.  I don't need anyone to tell me how well deserving these unsightly scaps are I just need someone to tell me the dos and dont's and any tips on how to make scaps on lips heel faster are welcome too!

I'm going to bed early.  I'm drinking loads of green tea and eating fruits and vegetables.  I don't know if it was stupid or just useless but I dabbed a bit of honey on the scap and just wore sun screen stick on my lips today.
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Reply #61 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 1:35pm
 
I'm happy you can get your Gliss again!

Drear, the word you're looking for is scab, not scap.  Ouch!  Right on the lip!  If you have long fingernails, you can wrap your fingertips in a tissue to be more gentle to the skin.  Also, I think you could take cotton swabs and use the tips to press the skin.  I guess keeping the skin clean and moisturized will help with healing faster.  I hope it heals quickly!!!
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Reply #62 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 3:29pm
 
Sakina wrote on Jul 2nd, 2009 at 1:35pm:
I'm happy you can get your Gliss again!

Drear, the word you're looking for is scab, not scap.  Ouch!  Right on the lip!  If you have long fingernails, you can wrap your fingertips in a tissue to be more gentle to the skin.  Also, I think you could take cotton swabs and use the tips to press the skin.  I guess keeping the skin clean and moisturized will help with healing faster.  I hope it heals quickly!!!


Grin  You should hear my Danish today. Wink  I'm overtired and stressed.  I know you're right so thanks for the correction.  My boys have been correcting me too.  I've cleaned it and just letting it get air and leaving it alone.  Accidentally got some of my facial cleanser on it which irritated it a bit so I cleaned it again.  *ouch!*
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Reply #63 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 5:23pm
 
Poor Drear!  Sounds like you could use a vacation!!!  Indonesian is my husbands first language, so I am often correcting him and it has become a habit.
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Reply #64 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 6:06pm
 
Hi, Drear, any antibiotic creme will help zits heal faster, if you are willing to use it.  I, thank the goddess, am past the age of having zits, but when I did have the occasional one, putting antibiotic creme on the incipient spot somtimes prevented them.  Good luck.
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Reply #65 - Jul 2nd, 2009 at 7:43pm
 
Hi Drear, I sympathize with you on the pimple.  I never had acne as a teenager, but as an adult I do get the occasional breakout.  Last month we had the worst "June Gloom" every day and the humidity gave me the worst breakout I think I've ever had!  I bought a tea tree oil blemish stick by Burt's Bees and gave it a try.  It seemed to work on certain types of pimples but not all of them. 
Pimples on the edge of the lip are the worst!  They hurt so bad when you try to squeeze them.
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Reply #66 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 3:38am
 
Hmm...I'll have to look into anti-biotic cream.  I've been using honey.  It's fine now, it was fine all evening and night but as soon as I come out of the shower it's soft, swollen and has something slightly oozing from it so I have to clean it up with propanol again and that hurts like hell.  After a few minutes it looks fine but I don't know how long it'll take to heal.  

My Danish was haulted at 8th grade when I left Denmark and my English is so-so.  My written English is actually better than my spoken English.  For all in the world I can't learn how to pronounce rolling "r's" "th" and "w" the way you do in English so I have sort of a slurred accent and when I was in high school many of my school mates really just thought I had a slur.  So I suppose you can say that I don't speak any language fluently which can be quite frustrating because it probably makes me seem more stupid than I really am.  

MichelleR, I'm getting them in places I never got them in my teens. Roll Eyes  I never had blackheads as a teenager but I have them now on my cheeks and I'm sort of a medical guinea pig for my doc. Grin  I'm also using a Neutrogena face wash for black heads and there regular 2-1 wash/deep cleanser for blemishes once a week and I never thought I'd be needing astrigent cleanser in my 30s.  I still use oil free moisturizers and I try to find grease free facial sun screens. 

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Reply #67 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 12:29pm
 
Yeesh. Perhaps now you have some insight as to why you're never supposed to pop or squeeze zits. Not only will they ooze and scab over, the pus is loaded with bacteria, which can infect the surrounding pores, resulting in more zits! It also causes scarring. Not smart.

Different treatments work for different people, but honey won't do a thing for blemishes, babe. Sorry. You should try salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide...or tea tree oil, if you insist on the natural route, though I have no experience with it.

Also, there is no age limit for acne. It's not just a random product of your teenage years that disappears as soon as they do. It is a chemical reaction that can happen at any time for a myriad of reasons. So yeah, no need to be embarrassed about using products that work for you...I'm 29 and still using Clearasil. Wink
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Reply #68 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 6:30pm
 
I've used Cetaphil cleanser for years.  They have a formulation for oily skin.  It cleans beautifully and is so gentle for your skin.  My skin feels so good after I use it, sometimes I don't even need a mosturizer.  It won't do any harm and it might help, if you can find it and if your dermatologist approves.
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Reply #69 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 7:29pm
 
Also, there is no age limit for acne. It's not just a random product of your teenage years that disappears as soon as they do. It is a chemical reaction that can happen at any time for a myriad of reasons. So yeah, no need to be embarrassed about using products that work for you...I'm 29 and still using Clearasil. 

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Reply #70 - Jul 4th, 2009 at 4:48am
 
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Yeesh. Perhaps now you have some insight as to why you're never supposed to pop or squeeze zits.


I actually knew better. Smiley  Perhaps if I wasn't going through a period of very disturbed sleep and general stress and concerns I wouldn't have overreacted to something like a zit.  The times I've accidentally scratched out a zit in my sleep, quick disinfection of the area where the blemish was usually works.  

The honey was just to help the scab heal by disinfecting and keeping it soft.  I'd already cleansed and disinfected the area after the blemish was removed.  Appears to be healing relatively nicely so now keeping the area clean is all that matters and then not think too much about it.

Some people have no blemishes for a few years after their early-mid 20s for the blemishes to return again in their 30s when hormonal changes occur.  That's what I've been told and it could appear as if I belong into the latter category.

It's 11:40am here, I got up late after another disturbed night.  I need something to wake up on!  Coffee, quick!  I'm somewhat distracted and irritable and just want to read you ladies journal entries while I try to collect myself and relax. Smiley  If I sound rude and short in my responses, then it's not intentional. Smiley

Cetaphil and Clean & Clear aren't familiar brands here but the products I use are all for oily skin that's easily irritable and treats blemishes of all kinds. Grin  Burt's Bee's is hard to come by.  I'm even going to switch to a slightly costly pharmacy sun screen that's oil free and safe for all skin types including very sensitive types and children.  

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Reply #71 - Jul 4th, 2009 at 7:28am
 
This weekend - It's still hot and humid so I'm not motivated to do anything.  Hub's away for a 24 hrs. ham radio contest but it's nearby. 

Hair - Was and condition with the Gliss rose oil UV shampoo and daily conditioner.  Feels different than when I used the oil nutrive Gliss series which I expected even though they're both Gliss series, it just takes some getting used to so it's too early to say whether I like it or not but my hair looks fine, feels okay and as long as the UV protection really works then I'm happy because it's a cheap brand. 

Update - Been grocery shopping.  For a combination of reasons I forgot that I had moved my purse from one handbag to another because I have three fabric ones my dad bought in a Fair Trade shop I like to use in the summer and they all meet different needs.  So we ran back and forth like mad with three boys in tow but they were just glad to be out and about...until those "thunder flies" decided to swarm in over our town.  They're small, black, and they "pinch".  Saw a father drive around with his obviously new "toy" car with two sons on the front seat. Roll Eyes Angry  The police never come out to our rural area.  You won't dream of the stuff I see!  WE had ice creams for lunch and the boys are havin hotdogs for dinner.  They had oatmeal for breakfast.  We do cook them real food most of the time. Grin  I'll settle for steamed cod and salad. 

The neighbors just gave us a photo of her youngest daughter at her communion.  It's at 13-14 here.  I really liked her outfit.  There have been a few years where I thought the communion styles were too sexy and inappropriate for church. 

Their youngest daughter wore white leggings with a short, simple white empire dress and a blue alice band with a blue flower on the side, a cute "Victorian" inspired necklace, and white ballerinas.  Just enough to add personal detailing and add some interest to all the white stuff.  All white is lovely too.  Her hair was simple and if she was wearing any make-up it was very natural looking. 

Our middle one is style conscious and interested in apparel and jewelry designs so I wonder what he'll choose to wear for his communion...I hope he understands that it's not supposed to be a fashion show but that he can slightly change his suit/outfit when he gets home for the family party.  We'l take that one when it becomes relevant. Wink


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I am pretty sure that you could find Cetaphil and Clean and Clear (a Noxzema product, I think) on-line and order that way, if you wanted.
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Reply #73 - Jul 4th, 2009 at 6:22pm
 
melusine wrote on Jul 4th, 2009 at 5:10pm:
I am pretty sure that you could find Cetaphil and Clean and Clear (a Noxzema product, I think) on-line and order that way, if you wanted.


I just thought of checking the ingredients and seeing if I can get something like that around here if the stuff I'm using isn't similar.  I'd have to buy it from an EU based site or extra VAT/tax is placed on the package if it's from outside an EU country. Roll Eyes  So far, I'm pretty happy with the stuff I'm using.  Smiley
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Reply #74 - Jul 5th, 2009 at 4:09am
 
Hair - Wash, VR, and regular condition today because I'm alone with the boys.

4th July -
We don't celebrate it here but there were lots of garden parties last night with loud music.  Most Danes are aware that the Americans celebrate something on the 4th of July and since it fell on a Saturday, I think most people used it as an excuse to host loud parties.  This wasn't the warmest weekend we've had and rain and thunder was forecast which we did have a bit of but not enough so it quickly became yucky again. Despite it being very warm and humid, I couldn't open any windows until 1:30am because the music would've woken the boys up and no one played music I like anyway.  So I tossed and turned and when I finally could get some fresh air into our house, I didn't feel like going straight to bed but wanted to enjoy that it was warm enough to sit in the quiet darkness on our patio.  I had about 4 hrs. of sleep but I'm not tired...yet.

My middle one slept with his head in a Lego box.  I moved him back into bed twice before I fell asleep.  They were all up, had eaten oatmeal and toast and were getting dressed when I woke up.  They're really good with that and I'm proud that they help each other so that the one's who have difficulty with one or the other thing gets breakfast and clothes anyway.  Unfortunately, I could see they'd been over by our office table which we don't want.  Hub had left a basket out which has the thing for testing batteries so the two oldest nerds tested batteries in anything they could find with batteries in. Grin  It's not the worst thing they could do.
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Reply #75 - Jul 6th, 2009 at 3:56am
 
Hair - Wash, condition, leave with hair in a wet mess.  For some reason, when I'm rushed, the shampoo and conditioner seems extra stubborn but doesn't work as well as usual.

Morning - I take the reward for bad mother!  I woke up at 8:30am when the youngest one is supposed to be in kindergarten.  The boys were already up, dressed, fed themselves and ready to go. Embarrassed  I just can't bear to leave before I've had a shower and I had to pack his lunch and rush around and find rain overalls that weren't fleece lined.  We only have one pair of rain boots that fit him and apparently they're fleece lined too.  We get a lot of free clothes and footwear for our youngest one because their son who's younger than ours, grows faster.  Sometimes, my oldest ones inherit shoes from their boy too even though our older boys are 5-7 years older than their "little" giant. Grin
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Reply #76 - Jul 8th, 2009 at 4:17am
 
Hair - Wash, deep condition, just a quick coating with UV daily conditioner, air dry and throw on an alice band!  I think I've given the rose oil Gliss enough testing time and while I wasn't thrilled at first, I'm really happy with the way my hair looks and feels now.  It doesn't look artificially shiny, my hair doesn't have that nearly but not quite greasy softness most conditioners give me because less leaves my hair static and feeling very coarse.  It feels naturally soft too. Smiley
I'm really excited about getting that long scheduled major trim tomorrow so I can finally get my hair into the shape I want it to be long term; Blunt, one length, and center parted.

Vacation - week 30, 31 and 32 we'll do some things with the boys.  Week 30 we've rented a holiday house, week 31 we'll be at my mom's.  She has a holiday annex people can rent but we'll stay for free.  She lives in the harbor town of Gilleleje which always attracts large numbers of tourists in the summer.  The old fish factory is now an art gallery, different shops and restaurants, and there's a long beach.

There aren't any one site that has good images of Gilleleje so this is just from google: http://images.google.dk/images?hl=da&q=gilleleje&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

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I think they change the exhibition each year.  Gosh, my hair was so short a year ago!  Don't worry, it won't be that short tomorrow unless the hairdresser misunderstands me. Shocked
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Reply #77 - Jul 8th, 2009 at 7:29am
 
The pics are great!! 
Here's hoping your hairdresser listens to what you're saying!!
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Reply #78 - Jul 8th, 2009 at 8:22am
 
Gilleleje looks lovely.  Have fun!

If that was your hair a year ago, I'd love to see a picture of how long it is now.  Smiley
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Reply #79 - Jul 8th, 2009 at 9:45am
 
MichelleR wrote on Jul 8th, 2009 at 8:22am:
Gilleleje looks lovely.  Have fun!

If that was your hair a year ago, I'd love to see a picture of how long it is now.  Smiley


The bottom back layer is APL.  I don't have a new pic and I doubt I'll be in a mood to have my picture taken tomorrow. Grin
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Reply #80 - Jul 10th, 2009 at 4:48am
 
Hair - Back to 17,5" but that major chop was the best thing I've had done to my hair in a long time!  It's all one blunt length in the back now and there are only those two shorter "tendrils" at the front I've described before.  I got the center parting I wanted too even though the hairdresser asked why I wanted it, as if she thought it was a bad idea.  I told her that it makes it easier to change parting.  She accepted that explanation.  She also wanted to maintain a u shaped back which she didn't get her way with.  She pushed a few buttons and I had to tell her quite frankly that when I get an idea into my head about how I want my hair, then it's best to let me have my way and let me learn from experience!  I'm glad she didn't take off as much as I feared was needed or as much as it felt like she was cutting off.  

She respected my wishes in the end and was careful to leave me with the visual impression of long hair by leaving it just below shoulder and collar bone length.  I'm glad to be rid of all sun damaged hair and split ends.  My hair looks much healthier, shinier and fuller now.  

While I understand that a salon has a reputation I won't be coaxed into something I'm not happy with no matter how well it may suit me.  I'd rather be turned away.  I said that I want her to keep trimming the ends until it's all one length and then I'll decide when I think my hair is the final length I want it to be when I get there.

I didn't let her wash, dry and straighten my hair which is what most Danish hairdressers insist on doing when they cut straight hair so we reached a compromise and she only got to straighten my hair a bit because I'd already overmoisturized and heat protected my hair from home.  But all in all I'm happy with my hair and now that it's just a matter of cutting a straight line, it doesn't matter which of the hairdressers in the salon that cuts my hair so I'll just keep trying different ones until I find someone more sympatic which might be the first lady who cut my bob when the salon first opened.

Last evening I washed out some gooey stuff she'd applied to the ends and deep conditioned my hair as well.  It looked much better air dried and unstyled afterwards and this mornign I just washed and conditioned my hair.  I'm so glad to be rid of the side parting which I had to find and put in after each shower before.  The center parting just stays there.  The hairdresser also thought I was really fussy about getting that center parting absolutely centered and straight.

My husband says he'll cut my hair for the same price the hairdresser charges.  I told him he isn't worth it. Wink  
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Reply #81 - Jul 12th, 2009 at 5:49am
 
Hair - Wash, deep conditioned but forgot to VR.  Looks and feels just fine.  I like not having to consider where the parting goes any more. 

Stuff - House is a mess, laundry's piling up, thankfully the boys can fix their own breakfast and dress themselves, my sleeping pattern's messed up and I wake up thinking about coffee and I get a migraine if I don't drink at least 3 cups a day now.  I need to get back to normal and at least go to bed at a reasonable time as if I had someone to get out of the door and someone to walk to kindergarten.
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Reply #82 - Jul 13th, 2009 at 11:12am
 
Hair - I can't get over how much I love it now that it's ironically the simplest it has been in over five years.  It just behaves, and behaves, an behaves...so darn well! Cheesy  I like that it feel soft, hydrated, healthy and full to the very tips.  I won't try to go more than 3 months without a minor trim any more.  My hair doesn't break easily but I guess I'm prone to split ends.  Without layers it looks so much fuller and healthier.  Even the hairdresser had to agree with me afterwards though I could tell she was reluctant to do so.  Grin  Wash, condition, air dry and just a quick comb through once my hair had dried.  It was so windy outside but my hair was still tangle free when I came home and that center parting just stays perfectly straight.  I used to have to keep adjusting my side part.   

Vacation - All three boys are off now.  Hub has to work one more week, then we have three weeks together.  It's tough having three boys home when they're all well. Grin  They're being real good and helping out and it's nice to be together with them like that and feel proud that I've taught them some practical things.  Little one was a monster in town though.  He's so spontaneous and gets excited over little stuff and can't stop goofing around.  I just have to look at old photos of my mature, sensible husband to know where my boys get their goofy gene from. Wink

I can't find the time to buy a replacement for my once wind and rain proof jacket before we go on vacation.  I found some cheap trekking sandals though.  They look cheap too but they're very comfortable and I dare say the quality is decent.  I just wish I could have afforded some that weren't white/red.
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Reply #83 - Jul 17th, 2009 at 4:18am
 
Hair - Last night I washed and just sprayed some leave-in conditioner in my hair before going to bed.  It had been another miserable day weather wise but this is supposed to be the last one of warm, humid miserable days and it's supposed to end in a big bang this afternoon.  We've had a lot of thunder and lightening so I've not been out much but due to the sweat I still need to wash my hair twice a day.  Wash and conditioned this morning.  I'm using a very deluted amount of shampoo because of the frequent washing.  

Week 30 - Actually, starting tomorrow we'll be in that holiday home we've rented a few hours away.  We'll try to time it so we don't have to drive in the worst rain and lightening.  The car isn't a bad place to be in during lightening, that's not my concern but I am concerned about the roads and visibility during the heavy rains we're supposed to get tomorrow.  After three weeks at home with the boys, the boys and I are feeling cabin fever so it'll be nice to shift to another cabin. Wink  We haven't decided if we'll drive directly over to my mother in week 31 or if we'll do a short laundry and re-stock stop at home first.  I don't know if we can find an internet connection at or near the holiday home and it's not very important to me.  

The hair routine is going to have to rest for a few weeks and I'm only bringing my regular shampoo and conditioner.  For now that's the rose oil series from Gliss with UV filter.  
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Reply #85 - Jul 25th, 2009 at 9:22am
 
Back - Home for the weekend.  Loads of laundry even though I did quite a bit during the week and we'll spend tomorrow re-packing before driving to my mom's on Monday.  Nice to be back and have my own stuff.  Know what TV channels we have and where they are.  Really missed being online.  Creature of habit...Can pack much of the same stuff again.  Thankfully we don't have to bring towels, bedding and cleansing stuff this time.  Boys seem to enjoy being back home with their toys.

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Was fine.  The holiday home was from 1992 and for a luxury creature like me, a holiday home from after 2000 is really more my thing but everything was okay considering the price and the fact that we only used the house as a base to sleep, eat dinner, do laundry, shower and relax in the evening.  It was near the ocean but hidden behind trees.  There were swings, a sandbox and a playhouse.  There were two showers, a spa bath, a sauna, washer, dryer, dishwasher, a poorly equipped kitchen.  Mainly stuff for baking, not much for cooking and what was, was so well hidden that I only found them last evening. Embarrassed  I'm a little too tired to go into details.  The water was too salty to drink so we had to buy everything we drank.  We went on lots of daytrips.  We visited a bunker museum, medieval fortress and happened to walk into a medieval fair, they always advertise these in town centers where they always disappoint but this one was really good though small.

We spent half a day at a flower- and amusement park where we watched a 4D film on dinosaurs, The film was recommended for children over 7 y.o. but our youngest (aged 5½, mental age 3) found it hysterically funny anyway.  Entertainment overload!

Did a spot of shopping on the only rainy day.  I bought jewelry making stuff for my collection of semi-precious beads, two fabric covered notebooks which is the kind of useless stuff I'm a sucker for and a mini trekking "backpack" with just enough room for car keys and coins.  Cute though.

Yesterday we visited the ancestral area of my father in-law's family, there are large farms and a street named after the family, nothing spectacular and they were always poor but it was quite an emotional visit anyway.  We stopped by a watch tower (erh...one of those things so ships don't hit ground) museum and drove to a harbor town for fish, fries, antique window shopping but no buying.  Hub was boring and had a chicken salad that looked much better than my fish and fries but I'm sure my fish and fries were better! Tongue
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Reply #86 - Jul 25th, 2009 at 9:31am
 
Well, there wasn't really anything to complain about that holiday house.  It's just that I'm so spoilt that I've tried the luxury variety of this kind so now I'm difficult to please.  It didn't help that we arrived in rain and on a cool day.  I was irritated over the kitchen but other than that, there was everything I needed and the boys don't care for luxury.  So I've got nothing to be ungrateful for.  I was happy to camp under very primitive conditions growing up.  I don't know what's happened since. Wink

Hair - With the water being so awfully salty I suppose it shouldn't come as a surprise that my suffered a bit and doesn't look its best in any of the photos we took.  It was wash and condition every day with UV protection and on the rainy day I just used a leave-in conditioner I also used after evening showers.  I'm finding faults in the last hair cut but unfortunately I can't afford to have it adjusted now.  It looks like there are two layers instead of just one length in the back and I'm not entirely convinced that it's perfectly straight in the back.  The sides aren't even with the bottom yet but my face is too round to cut all of my hair up to the length of the shortest hair in front.  I think I've also spotted some split ends in the top layer she didn't cut away even though she promised me to take them away.  I suppose I can tolerate it for a couple more months.  Overall, my hair's still looking its best in ages.

Face - It's looking awful.  I forgot my cleansing stuff and only had a face cream for my face.  I hope I can get it in better condition the next couple of days with some cleansing masks and oil free moisturizers and of course it's the most important things to bring to my mother's.  Oh, and the sun screen.
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A Light House is what the watch tower is called.  Your fish & chips sound yummy to me!!!

I'm so sorry you forgot your cleanser!  I've had that happen, and really was miserable!!!  I hope your skin turns around right quick!!!!!
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I have forgotten cleanser, too and used hotel soap, with copious amounts of moisturizer afterwords.  Fortunately my skin is less sensitive than my hair.  Smiley  Your skin should be back to normal in a few days.
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Ugh...I know what you mean.  I hate feelilng that way.   Nothing like counting your blessings and finding things to be grateful for (no matter how small) to help brighten your attitude.
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Hair - Got back in shape after a weekend at home and the water quality is better at my mom's than at the place we were the week before even though she lives near the ocean too.  VR as soon as I got home and deep conditioned the two first days I was back.  My hair is so soft and smooth now.  Mom says there's nothing wrong with my cut and that the bottom looks sharp and straight. 

Skin - Still problematic since last winter but back to the condition it was before I went to the holiday house.  I remembered to bring all my cleansers and oil free sun screen for face to my mom's.  

Mom's - Did all the usual stuff we do when we're in Gilleleje which includes large consumptions of icecream, ordering food at one of two stalls at the harbor and enjoying the meal on a bench overlooking the commercial fish trawlers and luxury yachts.  Lots of walking and some shopping.  

I bought new ECCO sandals from their Charm collection.  I won't buy any other brand than ECCO.  The quality is good, the price is fair and it's the brand I've had to most positive experiences with.  Well my feet like ECCo's classic and basic footwear lines.  I've been buying their sandals too large though and couldn't understand why I wore them out so quickly because usually ECCO is very durable.   My mom insisted on buying me some casual flats that look just a bit more feminine than the usual functional footwear I go for so now I have a pair of mary janes that are super cute but they're of some brand I have no experience; Tamaris from their active collection/line.  From what I could find out online it's a decent quality German brand in the same price range as ECCO and they feel just like ECCO shoes on my feet.  I still want to buy a pair of ECCO shoes, possibly ECCO Charm with laces.  Black of course.  I rarely buy footwear in other colors.  Found a quality short sleeved grey knit t-shirt my mom insisted on paying for too.  I found two dirt cheap bras and my mom bought me new black leggings because she was shocked that, that's the only color I don't own leggings in for summer use. Grin So all in all I'm very pleased with my sale finds.

This week - Laundry, gardening, tidy up this house.  Won't bother to clean before everyone else goes back to school and work.  Continue caring for my face skin.

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Hair - Wash, condition, this is going to be a miserable day for my scalp because it's supposed to be hot and humid before the thunder arrives. 

Ree Safari Park - (copied from a mail to my dad and only slightly edited) It's hub's birthday today but the weather forecast was better yesterday so we moved the celebration to Friday instead of Saturday.  So today we're just staying home and I'll prepare something special for dinner.  Yesterday we went to Ree Park Zoo with his parents.  It was really spectacular and I was positively surprised.  I didn't know what to expect.  It's a really big place and we didn't feel crowded at any time.  I'll upload photos when the boys are back in school from all three weeks hub, boys and I spent together.

Here's a link to the park's homepage which sadly doesn't do justice to the park:  http://www.reepark.dk/ ; It's divided up in animals according to continents.  North America was impressive with the all the wood.  We walked across a long wooden hanging bridge and I recognized the scent of that new red toned wood (don't know if it really was red wood) and some of it had already greyed which I always thought lent it a rustic charm.  We saw a hawk show too (I doubt the boys remember seeing a similar show five years ago in nord Jylland).  The youngest asked if we'd let him in with the leopards in Africa; "No!".  I saw black swans for the first time ever.  It helped that the weather was fantastic.
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I saw black swans for the first time a couple years ago at the Kansas zoo.  They're beautiful!
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Hair - VR, wash, deep condition.  Forgot to comb my hair today.  It's hot and sticky and just about to change.  brushed my hair in the afternoon.  Looks okay, not sure about the feel.  I'm using this Garnier olive and lemon deep conditioner until I've used it up.  Then I won't buy it again.  I'll go back to Gliss Rose Oil deep conditioner from the same line I use daily.  My hair photographs awfully.  It's a stupid length and coarse hair can look bad in photos when it's a medium length.  Well, my hair has always looked awful in photos when it's medium length. 

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Sunday - A bloody scare on the toilet, generally feeling dizzy and stomach cramps landed me at the doctor on call's office at the nearest hospital.  Some tear, nothing serious, and I was reprimanded for stopping D-vitamin supplement intake in the summer. Embarrassed  The man's obviously taken the time to read my medical history. Smiley  He read the D-vitamin deficiency and I admitted that I'd quit taking the supplement out of ignorance.   I suspect the red wine and beef from the night before might be the culprits for the stomach pains.  I'm only a social drinker.  I think I might be among those of Asian origin who lack an enzyme to digest alcohol.  Red meat is difficult to digest for many people.  We don't eat red meat too often for that reason.

I didn't prepare the one in the picture but it's the same I made and no parts were red when we ate it:  http://www.maduniverset.dk/images/R%D8DVINSM%D8RBRAD.jpg  It was well done all the way through.  That's what hub wanted for dinner on his birthday, Saturday.


Hair - Wash, condition.  I've been using a comb when I'm out but I'm so used to brushes now that I bought a purse brush today.  Hair looks and feels good if you disregard the stupid length.  It's definitely not photogenic at present length.  But with my hair being so well behaved I'm not complaining.

Back-to-school -
Well, for the oldest boys anyway and the youngest one's back in kindergarten.  He's been wanting to go back for the past three weeks.  I don't think we're bad parents. Grin  I've dusted, vacuumed, been to the pharmacy and grocery store, cleaned up the war zone in the oldest boys' room and that took half a day, and I've still got the kitchen and livingroom to vacuum.  
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OOH that does sound scary!  Glad to hear it was nothing serious.  You're probably right about the stomach cramps.  If you don't eat very much red meat, it can definitely give you some trouble.
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Hair - Who cares!  I have bigger problems!  Seriously, this is just a wash and condition day.  I haven't given my hair any thought.  I didn't care what my hair looked like when I had a meeting with social services today.  I didn't even look in a mirror.  Judging by the hair of the guy we had the meeting with, I don't think he cared what his or anyone's hair looks like. Grin  

Social "Services" meeting - With some old guy who retires at the end of the month who could only apologize for the situation; Us being lost in the system, completely forgotten and not getting a meeting in (he said six months but he's wrong) over 8 months.  So now we're supposedly back in the system - they'll try to remember who we are and he'll send his recommendations for our oldest son's needs but we still have to keep contacting them and reminding them of our needs.  In other words; we're expected to hold social services tightly by their ears. Roll Eyes  He was very sympatic to our situation having worked in the field to help families like ours for over 30 years but he's only been in our county for a month and he was only employed as a substitute for a real social worker until they find someone who actually wants that position permanently.  Looong story.....This is the actual reason why we haven't been receiving any help and haven't been able to schedule a meeting.  No one wants to be a social worker for families with one or more mentally disabled members.  I suppose I don't blame anyone for not wanting that job.  I wouldn't want that job but that doesn't change our dire needs.

Skin - Bumpy rashes.  Don't have time to give it any thought, schedule an appointment or try to treat it in any way.  I'm too pre-occupied with the family situation here and the boys needs.
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Reply #97 - Aug 12th, 2009 at 2:48am
 
Hair - Wash, deep condition.  My hair's looking so good I completely passed up on the make-up.  On days when my hair looks its best I don't care about the rest. Tongue

Cold - I'm treating it with every known household remidy.  Good Danish honey, green tea, taking my vitamins, eating healthily, sleeping well and sweating it out.  Dressing like it's already Fall.  I'm so annoyed because I can't have a throat infection from two weeks before I'm supposed to have my tonsils removed and the surgery is scheduled in three weeks and I have an examination on the 25th of this month. Sad  I've been keeping my hans off railings, being fantatically hygienic; carried disinfectant with me every where and washed my hands at every opportunity.  The weather's acting like it's Fall. Sad

So if in the end they won't remove my tonsils and my itchy spots end up covering my whole body, at least I'll have great looking hair! Cheesy
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BREATHE!  Come on, right now...  In with the good, out with the bad.  In with the good, out with the bad.  *hugs*  Everything WILL get done, you'll see. 
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Trisha wrote on Aug 13th, 2009 at 11:01am:
BREATHE!  Come on, right now...  In with the good, out with the bad.  In with the good, out with the bad.  *hugs*  Everything WILL get done, you'll see.  


Grin  Cold appears to be over, skin's somewhat better, I'm taking none-prescriptive antihistamines and using a prescription cream, but my hair feels like fish line nylon. Roll Eyes  So now I'm trying to distract from my hair with a colorful, frilly, busy, retro inspired style a'la that Melinda Gordon character.  My make-up's much more colorful than that character though.  Glittery greens, purples, and a blue-pink-purplish eyeshadow with shimmery green and plum eyeliner plus three layers of mascara.  All topped off with an old MAC Vivacious pink lipstick.  As soon as my hair's dry, I'll grab a scarf and tie it into a low ponytail.  That'll be a very colorful scarf too!  Proportions and balance aren't in my vocabulary!  We all have our ways of dealing with our insecurities.
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Reply #100 - Aug 16th, 2009 at 11:23am
 
Hair - Clarifying, then deep conditioning sure helped on the feel of my hair.  It' feels naturally smooth now.  No synthetic stringy feel. 

A none-wasted-lazy-day - Omg!  It's just past 5:15pm here and I've sat on my flat since 9am something.  I've watched the extra material on Dion Dimucci's Heroes, Dion Live from 2004, Ricky Nelson Greatest Hits DVD, The Carpenters Gold Greatest Hits DVD, and Depeche Mode SOTU extra material.  The Dion stuff really had me entranced.  I could watch Dion Dimucci talk about his music, history, guitars, life experiences, etc. over and over again.
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Sounds to me like you had a soul nourishing day.  Good for you!

I'm glad your cold is gone.  I'm afraid that I'm going to get sick now that I'm home. 

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Reply #102 - Aug 18th, 2009 at 2:06am
 
Sakina wrote on Aug 16th, 2009 at 1:46pm:
Sounds to me like you had a soul nourishing day.  Good for you!

I'm glad your cold is gone.  I'm afraid that I'm going to get sick now that I'm home.  

Do you do deep treatments on your hair?  If so, how are you doing them and what are you using?


I'm not sure I'm happy with the deep treatment I do on Sunday.  After clarifying I use Garnier's olive and lemon deep conditioner right now.  I think it might work better on less coarse hair.  I'll go back to Gliss rose oil deep conditioner when I've used this one up.  I use Gliss 1 min. deep conditioner for deep repair on Wednesdays.  I've given up on using pure olive oil because the results are so inconsistent.  I've used some monoi oil in the past but that's too expensive.  I'd leave it on for 20 mins. then wash it out.
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Hair - My scalp suffered miserably yesterday when it was hot and humid.  Relief didn't even come after thunder and lightening that was like nothing we usually have around here and it had to start in the evening when I was home alone with the boys.  Thankfully two of them slept through it.  Today was just wash and condition.  It feels like my hair is growing very fast these days but I won't wave from my decision not to measure until Jan.2010.  I'll need 1-2 trims before that.

Skin - It's a itchy hell with urticaria.  Got Locoid cream and Telfast.  However, every three days it acts up miserably and I can't resist from itching myself into a bloody mess.  If I don't do it while I'm awake and conscious I'll do it in my sleep.  Had the same experience between x-mas and NY 07. Except the rashes were in a different place but the itching at night if I'd actually been able to resist itching during the day, was the same back then.  For months after I had huge blotches of beet red "scars".  It's actually gone away.  Couldn't get a dermatologist appt. until 21st of Oct.  I've got the surgery before that.  This is just hell!  

Saw the doctor on Wednesday and all she could do was to perscribe these Telfast anti-histhamines a new perscription of Locoid hormone cream and write a referal to a dermatologist.  

I'm keeping a diary of what I've eaten and what ever else I've encountered or used on days when it's really bad and generally writing down my suspicions.  I don't search the net much.  Every time I look up symptoms for one or other ailment, it always leads to results saying it looks like the symptoms of this or that type of cancer.  If that is the case then I want a doctor to diagnose it pronto but I don't want to morph into a cyberchondriac.

I guess you could say I had a confused 1950s and 70s thing going on the other day  while vacuuming and 90% of my clothes either being in one of three stages of laundry so I was in a short sleeved knit top, knit slip-over, and pin striped pants, straight loose legs with crease (not flared bellbottoms). I think some women wore that style of pants in the 70s. My hair was straight and center parted the way I prefer it until it's grown longer. Then the doorbell rang and a man I'd never seen asked:

"Are your parents home?" I was smiling from ear to ear.

My reply: "I am the parent at home!". I hope I didn't sound offended. He apologized profusely three times; Right on the spot, when he later spoke to my husband after he came home from work and again before he left our house. I kept repeating that he'd caused no offense and that I was very flattered.
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Reply #104 - Aug 21st, 2009 at 3:13pm
 
I couldn't keep away from th pc regarding my allergies/intolerances any way.  I'm being more careful with the search words I use to try to zoom in on relevant information.  So, a prick-needle test may only be able to prove so much and that may be why despite my sufferings in the grass season and any time I get in contact with pine, I have terrible nettle breakouts.  

Perhaps I need to get some control over that irritated stomach and avoid things like almonds and tomatos which seem to be especially irritating to my system and skin.  Apologies, I'm itching, feeling like hell generally and trying to write this in English.  I'm not sure for who's benefit I'm writing this.  I just feel a need to get my thoughts out in writing.  

I'm hoping that by excluding foods that grass and "bynke" allergics often have problems with, will give the system time to recover so I don't break out again just from touching a child's plate covered in ketchup.  D*****!  I wasn't conscious of it at the time.  The irony is that I've never been a believer of food intolerances and I'm not sure I am convinced yet and I try to put it down to psychological in most people's cases but right now I just don't feel like gambling any more with that mast cell, histamines, erh...that thing that becomes irritated if it's not tight, my skin, etc. all that's making my life a desperate and very distraught experience these days.  

Never did I imagine that anything could feel worse on the outside of my body than the often bloody scalp and eczema I had when I was younger.  Can't keep my skin moisture tight either.  This just motivates me to take extra good care of my hair and to stay in shape so I don't lose my sense of "attraction" completely.  

The thought of a life without fresh fruits and vegetables, and free roam in the great outdoors is unbearable.  I'm really not a suited for metropolitan living too many city trips and large crowds for several hours.  



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I wasn't convinced of food intolerences either but I know they're real.  I can't eat too much soy.  I don't break out or anything, but too much really bloats me unlike anything else.
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I wasn't convinced of food intolerences either but I know they're real.  I can't eat too much soy.  I don't break out or anything, but too much really bloats me unlike anything else.


As far as I can tell from what I've read, lots of people don't realize that they have food intolerances that show its symptoms through overweight and/or bloating.  I cut out nearly all wheat when I wanted to lose weight and most cheese too.  I began to gain a few lbs. and suffer with the itching after I thought: "oh, a bit of white bread and cheese here and there isn't harmful.  My dietary habits have become hysterical".  I've generally been eating too much fastfood and cake this summer.  Not daily but one or the other or too much bread every week.

People with citric allergies (not just intolerance and I'm not the right one to explain the difference) can't use many shampoos or conditioners either.
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Reply #107 - Aug 26th, 2009 at 5:05am
 
Hair - Wash, 1 min. deep conditioning treatment.  A little more than regular conditioner, a little less effective than a real deep conditioner.  Fine mid week. 

Life - I'm so busy, stressed and pre-occupied with my health that I just don't have the energy to write much.  If I rant, at least I'm coping.  I go silent when I don't think I can cope, at least not for much longer.
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(((hugs)))


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Well, in 1½ hr. I'll be sitting in the doctor's consultation or probably still in the waiting room. Roll Eyes  It's a start...Thanks Sakina.
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Doc - It was worth the ½ hr. wait.  I'm glad I booked a ½ hr. double consultation so she had time to read my 4 pages of typed observations and speculations and demands for serious allergy, intolerance, blood and organ examination!  So she filled seven tubes and she couldn't even read off the long list of tests she's going to have done on me.  Examined some more private parts but didn't find anything obviously wrong there.  I've told her that week 43 is too far away and it's hell when I can potentially react to anything in my every day life that I either touch, come too close to, prepare for someone else or eat.  I've got a referral to an "allergolog" too who's going to get the blood test results too.  The first results will be back next week earliest, some won't be back for several weeks. 

Rant - I've always had extremely dry skin as if I have no natural moisture barrier, I've always had recurring bad eczema, nettles/hives have come in adulthood, and greasy skin on my face but often times itchiness and eczema under the grease and I look like a mess on my arms, legs, and face.  I don't even know what my scalp looks like.  That's so cronic I don't even think of it.

What's frustrating me is this attitude that despite the skin being such a large organ, skin conditions are examined and treated separately as if the skin condition has no connection to any internal organs but I think this historical traditonal way of thinking is wrong!  Never mind how sick I am of hormone creams (okay, only 0,1% but I'd still rather go without for longer periods) and now some really expensive anti-histhamines.  We really can't continue to afford this. 

Excuse me if I'm repeating myself but I'm afraid that all these negative reactions to ordinary foods are causing vitamine and mineral deficiencies I didn't have before August aside from the D-vitamine deficiency.  I had to go off fish oil and last time my skin was this bad was before I began taking fish oil supplements so they can say what they want but there has to be some sort of connection to what we consume and the allergic or intolerance reactions we have even if it's a skin reaction. I think they're only taking my skin reactions seriously for the first time in my life because I've also got other more classic intolerance and allergy symptoms.   Typical cock sure medical experts! Angry


Organic vs. hypoallergic - The media etc. keep touting organic products especially the high end ones.  However, organic doesn't mean that it's hypoallergenic and we have at least fragrance and paraben free hair and skin brands at very cheap prices in our supermarkets here in Denmark that get very little mention.  Quite frankly, while organic too would be nice, right now I'm more concerned with not setting off any more histhamines and causing reactions to things I've never reacted to before.  Urtekram comes closest to both low price, organic and some products are completely free of any forms of fragrances!  Some organic, nature derrived fragrances can cause allergic reactions in some people.



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Reply #111 - Aug 29th, 2009 at 9:45am
 
Hair - Oh, and my hair's fine despite all the changes but I'm going to use up the more synthetic, paraben and fragrance including ones before I shift. Grin  Of course, if I begin to suffer bad reactions from the short times they touch my hands, they're going too.  Too bad about the money then.
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Reply #112 - Sep 3rd, 2009 at 9:19am
 
Hair - It was in fine condition this morning but after I wore a rain hood, it just looks limp.  Part of my hair got wet any way.

Stuff - There's been a technical error with the blood tests I've waited a week for so now I have to get a quick appointment with the nurse (apparently they have one now) to have her take them again.  I hope they get it right this time.  I only have tomorrow and Monday, then Tuesday I'm having my tonsils removed if all goes according to plan.  Then it'll be at least a week before I'm well enough to go and have new blood tests and the allergist appointment is on the 23rd of Sept. plus it takes some weeks to get all the blood tests back so I worry that all the results won't be ready for the 23rd and that the allergist appointment will be a waste.  I already got them to move the allergist appointment one week because the original appointment was too late in the afternoon and too soon after the surgery.  

There are so many little things that are irritating me that I'm not getting around to other important stuff like calling social services to ask who our new social worker is and so many other things.  I'm just feeling drained and I know hub is with work too so he's no help.
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Reply #113 - Sep 5th, 2009 at 12:27am
 
I too would be irritated having to go back to the hospital because they made a mistake.

You really have a lot going on right now. I'm wishing you the best. Smiley
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Reply #114 - Sep 5th, 2009 at 10:08am
 
[b]Mother in-law-[/b]I told my family I was going to relax this weekend and not answer phone calls (because I knew it would stress the hell out of me) so predictably mother in-law wrote an e-mail with some unsolicited advice regarding what I should eat post surgery! Angry  Hello!  All good intensions and so on but I'm 32; Doesn't she think I have a brain cell in my head?!  I'm proud to have a MIL who's fully there physically and mentally and very active but she also has this "superior" know it all attitude and has this (insecure???) need to be the one who rescues the day, has all the right answers and thought of the sollution, be the hero, etc.  I am so fed up with that!

Initially my response was to mark all e-mails as unread and ignore it.  But it really got to me because none of her advice were anything I hadn't thought of myself.  I finally lost my patience and called her up and I don't think I concealed very well how irritated I was.  I am grateful that they'll be watching the boys for a night and I'm not ungrateful for all the things they're willing to do for us and they'd probably do more if we'd let them.  Her need to be in focus and have the light shine on her halo is just so *ough!*.  Well, consider me immature but it just makes it very difficult for me to be as grateful as I want to be.

Bloodtests - Well, the nurse can't do the blood tests until Tuesday the 15th and my allergist appointment is on the 23rd so I worry that, that appointment is a waste if the blood test results aren't ready.  I'll have to call my doc. on Monday.  

Weekend - Hub's at a 24 hrs. ham radio contest so I'm alone with the boys.  Won't be doing much of anything.  I'm preparing a huge dish with coconut milk, chicken, egg noodles, vegetable broth and a can of tomatos.  I'd usually add squash but I don't have any.  Garlic is supposed to be blood thinning so I won't add that this time.  I had my last clove of garlic yesterday.  I'm also leaving out the curry paste.  I'm not sure my stomach's ready for that after all the problems I had in August that I still have no explanation for.

I'm going to try to get in a better and relaxed mood after dinner by re-watching my Dion Dimucci and Carpenters DVDs.  

Shopping- A few years ago I only had slumber clothes and nothing to wear out, not even nice casual wear.  Now I'm in the opposite situation and my leggings and tunics are all down to their last threads so I've ordered three pairs of leggings, two knit dresses and two long turtleneck sweaters that I can't really afford and I've no idea how I'm going to pay for them.  Huh  My favorite wool dress is ruined Undecided  I've worn it to pieces because it was thin, soft, classic cut, and so appropriate for informal dinners,  day wear and lounging about.  
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Reply #115 - Sep 15th, 2009 at 4:19am
 
Hair - Looking decent for the first time in a week.  Couldn't really wash it properly when I felt like beat meat. 

The uninteresting stuff:

Tonsils - Had them out last week.  I for one am grateful to be among the first four patients to be given a shot of cortizone.  Seems to aid healing and make recovery less painful. 

Tuesday 8 - Came in at 12:50pm, surgery at 01:00pm.  Came around and was only drooling a bit of blood around 2:30pm in the clinic.  Shortly before I woke up in recovery I dreamt that I'd slept over and missed the surgery.  No pain but that was probably the drugs.  Refused to try to talk.  Home in bed by 03:30pm.  Later that evening I had ice water and loli ice.  Felt guilty about money spent on prescription painrelief so decided to try some.  That made me nauseus and the ice cubes worked fine as painkillers.

Wednesday 9 - Woke up feeling generally sore.  More ice water and ice cream.  Felt I should try the other prescription drug.  This one lodged itself in my throat.  Really unpleasant to say the least so aside from two regular none prescription painkillers for a headache, I didn't take any pills.  Still living on ice lolis and ice water.  Great diet. Wink  Still in bed.

Thursday 10 - Had some "breakfast" of soft, cold foods I sampled to find out which would lodge itself to the shortest and least painful time in my throat.  Yoghurt burnt so that wasn't an option.  Stayed in bed.  Mom came around in the evening with a colleague and a bunch of clients waiting in a car outside so she just popped in to check on me and drop off some bottles of wine.  Erh...thanks.  I'm not sure how that was supposed to help me.

Friday 11 - Lay on the couch most of the day.  Still not really saying anything.  Same "diet".  Same ice water and ice lolis.  I've never watched so much day time crap! Roll Eyes  Couldn't concentrate to read.  Had a general feeling of soreness sort of going out to my ears and that nasty taste and smell of metal that still won't go away. 

Saturday 12 - My memory's quickly getting blurry because the days were pretty much repeats of the day before with some improvements.  Talked a bit.  Hard, didn't sound myself, and hurt like hell just like swallowing, sneezing and couching does.  Other than that, it's just been overall discomfort and soreness.  Worse was and is actually my lower lip which the surgeon some how busted. 

I didn't have the swollen tongue some people have described so I assume they had something clamped on my lip because the left side hurt like hell and was swollen badly, then the inside cracked after a few days.  *Ouch!*

Sunday 13 - On the couch again, this time watching a lot of Disney DX premier with the boys and watching the repeats again the afternoon.  Talkied too much and even had to attempt to shout at the boys once while their dad was taking a nap. He's been fantastic for me.  Tolerated more stuff beign stuck in my throat until some higher power took mercy on me and let me swallow it.  Soup burns a bit too even when it's cooled off.  Was burnt out at 8pm.  Then my dad called at 9pm and I just let him do all the talking and sort of nodded off to sleep with the phone next to my ear.

Monday - Hauled into the clinic at 12pm for check up.  Was told everything looked just fine and that it will be yet another few weeks until the scabs, soreness and smell goes away.  Have read others blogs and know that for some adults it takes a month to recover completely.  Still don't sound myself and don't care to talk to much but when hub broke some glass in the kitchen I some how found the voice to shout at the boys to stay in their rooms.  Hurt like hell!  Didn't say a word after that.

Tuesday - Went to doc to have blood tests re-taken after the last technical error with a note saying: "I had my tonsils out a week ago so I can't talk too much".  Home now.  Dead tired.  Long walk.  Gonna rest until I have to pick the youngest up from kindergarten.





 
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Reply #116 - Sep 15th, 2009 at 4:24am
 
Wow! Shocked  I hope you feel better soon!!!  ((((hugs))))
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Reply #117 - Sep 15th, 2009 at 8:39am
 
(((hugs)))  I know it totaly sucks having your tonsils out.  I had them out when I was 8 years old and I still remember how much it hurt.  I found Jello to be a very soothing thing to eat.  ...
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Reply #118 - Sep 15th, 2009 at 11:31am
 
My goodness!  I thank my lucky stars I've never even had so much as my wisdom teeth out yet.  Have you ever listened to any of Bill Cosby's old records?  He has a hilarious account of getting his tonsils out as a child.

Hope you heal quickly and feel better soon. *hugs*
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Reply #119 - Sep 15th, 2009 at 11:36am
 
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Reply #120 - Sep 15th, 2009 at 12:23pm
 
When I'm in pain, I like to listen to music.  I hope you're recovery is a speedy one!
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Reply #121 - Sep 15th, 2009 at 6:40pm
 
Awww...poor thing. Embarrassed  I never knew that getting tonsils removed was so painful.  My only reference was seeing kids on sitcoms having it done and eating lot's of ice cream afterwards.  Apparently, that's not a very realistic portrayal.

Hope you feel better soon. 
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Reply #122 - Sep 16th, 2009 at 6:11am
 
Thanks to all. Smiley It's apparently one of those things you always remember.  Definitely stay off the creamier types of ice cream which can get stuck at the back of your throat which I imagine will feel really gross.  Am listening to music today.  For once following good advice; Resting, resting, and more rest.    Bill Cosby never features on Danish TV anymore. Sad  We don't have Jello in Denmark. Cry  Was a little too brave/stupid and tried to eat white bread with the crust on.  *ouch!*  Just like I thought I was ready for meat balls yesterday *ouch!*.  Excuse the lack of quotations.  I'm still a bit unfocused.

Hub's colleague had his out, then went to work 3 days post surgery.  Was sick for 14 days after that.  Don't overestimate yourself!  Let your immune system recovery<<<unsolicited advice, I know.

Just crusts left in my throat.  Things are falling back into place.  Got soreness and ear ache though but that's normal too.
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Reply #123 - Sep 16th, 2009 at 12:15pm
 
Oh no...no Jello in Denmark?? ((((hugs))))
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Reply #124 - Sep 16th, 2009 at 5:56pm
 
Drear wrote on Sep 16th, 2009 at 6:11am:
Hub's colleague had his out, then went to work 3 days post surgery.  Was sick for 14 days after that.  Don't overestimate yourself!  Let your immune system recovery<<<unsolicited advice, I know.
 


You are absolutely right! 

No Jello?  Not even gelatin of any kind?  Wow!  It's always interesting to find out about other countries and what they  have and don't have.  I'm sure you guys have wonderful treats that we don't have. 

Glad you seem to be feeling better and healing steadily.  Smiley
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Reply #125 - Sep 17th, 2009 at 4:57am
 
Sorry Michelle, I haven't thought that far.  I'm definitely not venturing out to the grocery stores now. Smiley  I wish I'd thought things through pre-surgery.  

Recovery - Everything was fine yesterday until I went to pick up the youngest one.  He drained me of all my energy and I passed out on the couch for a couple of hours after we got back from his kindergarten.  His reaction is quite understandable for someone with his mental disability which means that even though he's nearly 6 y.o.  He has the mental age of someone aged 2,5 in some areas, 3,5 in most areas.  

He can't understand the dangers of post surgery until recovery is complete.  He just knows that mommy isn't really herself.  She can't talk much and he can hardly understand me now or recognize my voice, he can't kiss me because I smell and it would hurt, and he can't hug me as tightly as he'd like to because that hurts too, we can't play hide and seek and the kindergarten when I pick him up and mommy just lies on the couch or in bed most of the time. 

I see improvements every day but it takes very little to set me back yet I recover from set backs pretty quickly too so overall I can't complain.  My lip's looking normal and you can hardly tell it was cracked on the inside.

It's early pre midday here and that's when I have the most energy and at least try to do some of the laundry so hub has less to do.  He's asked me not to do it but I don't want to be responsible for making him sick with all the things he has to do.  No, help from family isn't the sollution, they'd just stress the hell out of us and make us both sick!  

Hair - Remind me to have a new photo taken after my next trim in late Fall/early Winter.  Because my hair was quite a bit longer than in the picture when I had all the layers cut away I'm not sure it's going to look much longer after next trim.  I decided not to measure until January 2010.
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Reply #126 - Sep 20th, 2009 at 12:36pm
 
Hair - I don't know what to make of it.  My hair has suddenly decided that it likes the Garnier Olive and lemon deep conditioner.  I really like the look and feel of my hair today.  VR for the first time in a few weeks.  I always vinegar rinse before a deep condition so I haven't actually done anything different.  

Make-up -
Played a bit with lipstick and gloss because it's only in these products I have anything that's seriously moisturizing.  Other than that I only have supermarket lipbalms and while they've improved greatly since the 80s and 90s they aren't quite hydrating enough.  I'm also experiencing a maturing of my skin so on the upside it's not as greasy as it used to be, on the downside my body and lips require intense moisture care.  Nothing water based like lotions.  Must be grease and oil based.  Sadly, those heavier products are usually costlier too.  No more supermarket value sized body lotions for me. Sad

I don't know why I feel so old this weekend. Roll Eyes

Lazy -I've sat and watched hours and hours of Creepy Canada Season 1 on youtube.  I've made time to listen to The Carpenter's, Patti Page and Emmylou Harris as well.  
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Reply #127 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 4:21am
 
I was writing a long entry here last evening but I can't remember what I was writing because my husband suddenly came running into the livingroom saying that his sister had been hit on her way to work on her bicycle.  I feared the worse and was confused that after having been taken to the A&E, she was now home.  Turns out that the in-laws had communicated unclearly (possibly shocked themselves) and that she'd been on foot and had been hit by a cyclist but I know that in the cities cyclists do ride fast and even if a kid accidentally hits me at slow speed it still hurts like hell so I can understand that she was in terrible pain and staying at home in bed.  She's got a bruise on her neck. 

Hair - I'm curing an itch for a crop by wearing it up as much as I can stand the feeling of my hair up.  I like all sorts of hairstyles on other people.  I've seen "outgrown" crop styles that look good on round faces.  I just remind myself of the styling time, that styling products upset my scalp, the cost, and how restless and tired I soon become of a new hairstyle when I feel an itch for a major chop. 

A Wasted Day - Yesterday I went to the allergist and they only confirmed what I already know; that I'm allergic to dust mites which isn't a problem in our house.  They eased my mind by confirming that I don't have any dietary allergies or pollen allergies but I'm still left with a bunch of questions and I knew at least as much as the allergist so we were talking on a high academic level and my hubby looked completely confused the whole time. Grin 

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Reply #128 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 12:17pm
 
Do you have nutritionists available to you?  If you still have issues with certain foods and products, it could be a sensitivity as opposed to an allergy, and a nutritionist can often help you pinpoint that. 

For example, my boss's wife was having terrible problems with digestive upset, weight loss, diarrhea, stomach aches, etc.  She went to many different doctors (one of whom told her she may have cancer) and was at the end of her rope before going to a nutritionist in desperation.  This nutritionist tested her for Celiac's disease and sure enough, that's what it was.  It's basically an auto-immune disease and I believe it has something to do with the body lacking the enzyme to digest gluten (wheat product), so it causes the body to attack itself.  Technically this is a sensitivity or an intolerance, not an allergy and can't be tested by the traditional allergy test methods.  She follows a gluten-free diet now and is totally fine. 

Not saying that's what you have, just holding it up as an example of how there could still be an explanation even if an allergy test comes up clean.
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Reply #129 - Sep 26th, 2009 at 8:38am
 
I've thought of the nutritionist option too and I've given celiac disease some consideration as well.  I understand the difference between allergy and intolerance so even though I don't have a wheat allergy I could have a gluten intolerance; Celiac's disease.  From what I've been able to gather online about Celiac's disease I don't really recognize the symptoms described.  Many people have Celiac's without symptoms and there are other complications that lead to a diagnosis. 

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Reply #130 - Sep 29th, 2009 at 4:52am
 
Hair - It's actually better behaved now than it was in the summer.  I don't sweat and I don't have my hair flowing loosely when I'm outside either.  Wash, rinse and condition routine is the same year round.  No matter where I try to part my hair, I have little stupid hairs sticking up along the parting line.  So it's my opinion that those little stupid hairs look less stupid when my hair's center parted than when it's side parted to one or the other side.

Crazy shopper - I thought I needed more knits and leggings but then I saw two wool coats for $68 each on sale from another online shop and ordered them instead.  They were originally $156,50 each.  One's a red duffelcoat with hidden zipper under the traditional closing and with hood.  The other one's dark chocolate brown and belted, no hood just a classic collar.  I have poor experiences with finding affordable, functional coats or jackets in high street shops or malls here in Denmark.  When I get rich, I'll go to a sports shop and buy a ski jacket that'll last me for decades.  The way our winter climate's been the past few years, maybe I won't ever have to buy a ski jacket.
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Reply #131 - Sep 30th, 2009 at 3:13am
 
Hair - I watched The Tender Trap on TCM yesterday and one female character (Debbie Reynold?!) had long hair in a snail bun and just rolled under bangs.  I don't have bangs and my hair isn't long enough for a snail bun yet but it would be a nice retro style if I grow my hair longer.  I want that book from the 50s called How To Handle Long Hair.  I think I saw a few other extras that were a bit older than Debbie with similar long updos.  I know it wasn't the trend but as long as it's period correct I don't care for trends.  I'm pretty sure that had a I lived in the 1950s I would've been no more trendy than I am now which is absolutely untrendy! Wink

Hypocricy?!  - Talked to mom yesterday.  Between more serious issues she mentioned that she'd bought a very useful sequin vest.  Good for her!  I mentioned the two wool coats I'd found at 50% off online and that I had ordered to pay for later after having tried them should I decide to keep them or one of them.  She reacted with shock that I'd ordered two coats.  I told her I didn't want to ever only have one jacket again like I have for most years, that I suddenly find is worn down completely and then be forced to buy something that doesn't meet my needs or I can't really afford the former being the case with the thin down jacket I have now.  She just seems to think that it's money out of the window.  

I don't want to get into a political hot debate but lets just say that I do have another winter coat I felt pressured into accepting and I really do think it's beautiful but I don't feel as good about wearing it as most Danes do now, whether young or old.  I'll wear it around my family in-law because one of my SIL's gave it to me but it'll never become my every day coat.  My mom knows I have that coat but she doesn't understand about the cost and care of more formal coats and she doesn't have an issue with it so she would of course wear something like that all the time.

I'm 32 and hub's 41 but our parents can still push those buttons!
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Reply #132 - Oct 1st, 2009 at 4:31am
 
Hair - I'm still forced to get my hair trimmed every 3-4 months and shouldn't put it off too much longer but I can't afford it right now that hub and the boys desperately need cuts too.  Unfortunately, some of the hairs aren't quite long enough for me to pull them far enough in front of my eyes to see if the ends look like they need trimming. 

Exercise - I've completely neglected walking this year.  I haven't got on my bike at all.  I used to be addicted to walking for at least an hour a day come rain or snow but now I'm coming up with all sorts of excuses for why it's inconvenient to go for a longer walk.  I haven't been able to do any form of exercise for the past three weeks but I've slowly started up this week. 

Family - My brother's gone missing for some months now.  It's a long story.  I don't know what to make of it and I can't find any activity online of his either which isn't really a surprise because he's completely dyslexic.  He can strangely write a bit of English because we've caught him on Skype but he can't read or write Danish at all.  He's only my half brother on my mother's side so he doesn't have any English speaking relatives and never learnt any English in school. 

We know he wanted to go abroad.  We know he's been chatting on Skype with a girl from China for the past two years.  It is possible that he's gone to see her.  His dad got a letter from the county saying they'd found out that he'd "wandered out to China".  What a strange way to phrase it.  We don't know what the visa laws are like in China now but some 25+ years ago when his dad was there, you could only get a three month visa and my brother's been gone for longer than that.  He's ignored my mother's request to be added on facebook.  We're not on facebook but we've got him on Skype but we can't get him to tell us anything and often he'll ignore our "hello!" or he'll clam up as soon as we ask where he is or what he's doing.  Since he only writes a little in English and won't talk directly to us, we actually have no way of knowing if it's really him we're communicating with.  His profile pic has been updated regularly so he must be alive.  He's 19. 

My brother could at least have told us that he doesn't want us in his life or whatever and that he wants us to leave him alone while he travels to where ever and roughly when he expects to be home and just once in a while give word so we'd know that he's okay.  I understand that he's at an age where he wants to declare his indepence and show that he can manage on his own and that it's common at that age to think that your family's done you wrong,etc.  but he's wrong if he thinks we don't care.  We're worried out of our minds. 



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Hair - Wash condition day.  Couldn't think of anything to do with it.  Scalp is less itchy now that I frequently VR but I'd be a lot happier if I didn't have all those short hairs sticking up every where.

Exercise - Did lower body yesterday.  Did upper body today.  Stretch and vein pump exercises every day. 

Doc - Called and was on hold for 30 mins. but it was worth it and I could sit and listen to my Jo Stafford 4 CD box set so I didn't really mind.  Well, nothing's shown up as suspicious or alarming in any way in my extensive blood tests.  Might as for a new print out now that the allergist kept the first print out.  There are some results in I didn't have back then.

Purchases - Sending back brown coat.  It's dark brown but not a really dark chocolate brown and I've realized that I'd be annoyed with the belt.  Brown has to be quite dark a purple/brown or a grey/brown to suit me.  I'm keeping the red duffelcoat.  Alright quality for $68.  Finishes aren't the nicest but you can't expect much for $68 or even the original $159.  I'm also keeping the grey wool skirt.  I have this obsession with wool skirts.  I believe you can never own too many.  I don't even know any grandmothers who wear these any more.  Which I hope is to my advantage; I hope I'll see high quality ones sold very cheaply in thrift shops.  I did last year.
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Reply #134 - Oct 2nd, 2009 at 11:12am
 
Well, if there were a world wide quote of wool skirts for every woman, I'd give you mine.  I cannot wear wool.  It cannot touch my skin or I am miserable and in pain.

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Reply #135 - Oct 6th, 2009 at 9:24am
 
Drear wrote on Oct 2nd, 2009 at 9:38am:
Doc - Called and was on hold for 30 mins. but it was worth it and I could sit and listen to my Jo Stafford 4 CD box set so I didn't really mind.


Oh, Jo Stafford...  didn't she have a dreamy voice?   Cool
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Trisha wrote on Oct 6th, 2009 at 9:24am:
Drear wrote on Oct 2nd, 2009 at 9:38am:
Doc - Called and was on hold for 30 mins. but it was worth it and I could sit and listen to my Jo Stafford 4 CD box set so I didn't really mind.


Oh, Jo Stafford...  didn't she have a dreamy voice?   Cool


Absolutely!  

Sakina, I'm actually the same way but they're all lined and so is my 3/4 sleeved wool jacket and duffelcoat in wool.  I wouldn't be able to wear them otherwise.  I've also always got an extra layer between myself and the wool anyway just for extra measure.

Hair - I'm having a strange day where everything seems to be moving in slow motion and I just can't get my act together.  I was running late, had to drop the youngest one off at kindergarten, my hair was still wet, I didn't want to risk getting a cold so I very unusually got the hairdryer out.  I didn't blow my hair completely dry but I could tell a difference from air drying my hair and I have to admit that I like the way it blow dried better so I can understand why other women might become attached to their hairdryer.  Thankfully I know the damage it may eventually cause so I'm not worried that blow drying could become a habit. 

So close to APL so it's a shame that I'll soon need a trim.  Well, I can't see any damage unless you count all the little broken or new growing hairs?!  Not really seeing any split or worn ends that could warrant a trim.  Ideally, I'd like to wait until January when I know I can definitely afford it. 

Blah - Occassionally feeling a bit sickly without a fever, lack energy, don't feel social at all.  Not in a bad mood or any such thing.  Have been walking a bit but not as much as I should.  Went to bed just past 8pm yesterday.  Feel better today.  

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Reply #137 - Oct 9th, 2009 at 3:52am
 
Hair - I guess I was wrong as usual about the condition of my hair.  Finally stood in front of direct sunlight and took a good look at it.  There are indeed split ends and I even found a hair that was split up a couple of inches. Shocked  Some are faded at the bottom 1-2" as well.  I've been using sun protection all summer long, I've been tucking my hair into my jacket on windy days.  I don't know what else I can do.  I've also had some health issues this year and I had a couple of surgeries.  Don't know if all of that has upset my hair.  It's just up in a ponytail so I don't have to think about it.

Skin - It's never well behaved but how bad it is varies.  Today I had nettles and a terrible itch on the inside of my lower arms so that was really disappointing after I've gone out of my way to eat healthy and varied, get enough fluid, sleep, use fat or oily moisturizers at least twice daily and some antihistamine pills which I'm supposed to take preventively.  Absentmindedly scratched my arms while I was still just waking up so now I've got these ugly red streaks down my arms.  

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Reply #138 - Oct 11th, 2009 at 6:17am
 
Hair - Usual Sunday routine; VR, wash, deep condition.  Around noon I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror.  I don't usually care what I look like on Sundays.  But since I'm channelling the 1920s today I thought that my straight hair that isn't really long didn't go with the era so I tied my hair off in a side pony.  Easier said than done.  Then twisted into a bun and secured it off with a large fabric flower on an alligator clip of sorts.  Looks fine to me.  I would've made it lower and ear hugging if my hair had been longer.  

Asocial - Didn't want to go for a walk.  Wouldn't answer the door when the bell rang.  Hate unannounced solictors and unannounced visitors.  In-laws just wanted to drop off some clothes for the boys.  Hub finally answered the door but I didn't even feel like popping my head around the door to say hello and thanks.  Don't know what the hell's wrong with me. Huh  I've always had problems with unannounced company.  It's my mom's birthday and I don't feel like calling but I guess I'd better make the effort.  My dad always calls on Sundays and I've already decided that I'm not going to answer the phone this evening.

To make matters worse, my stubborn old father in-law who's the exact opposite of me and probably fed up with me again, left mother in-law standing in the door and drove off. Roll Eyes  This unannounced visit and father in-law's strange behavior completely threw two of the boys off.  I knew that staying put in the livingroom was the best I could do so hub could send the boys in to me instead of having me suddenly do something unexpected like having to invite mother in-law in when the boys weren't expecting it, and then hub had to jump in his car and drive after his dad.  *Aaargh!*  


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Reply #139 - Oct 11th, 2009 at 6:21am
 
Yesterday was bad too.  Picture yourself in a huge supermarket with three boys who need to try on new footwear.  You know kids hate this but it's a necessity.  It's the only thing I can't buy them without bringing them along.  The oldest two were well behaved but I could tell the stress wasn't suiting the oldest one (autism) and the youngest one went off the rails (retardation).  Unfortunately, the youngest one is also very charming and some old lady couldn't keep herself from hugging AND kissing him while we waited in line. Roll Eyes  He didn't tell me she'd hugged and kissed him until I'd hugged and kissed him moments later. Angry  Lets hope we don't catch anything.  Just the thought of reeking of her perfume is bad enough.  So as you can probably imagine, this wasn't a pretty picture of a family out shopping. Roll Eyes

Some people will probably think that my behavior today warrants an apology.  I don't think so.  I didn't cause this situation.  No one informed me so I could prepare the boys and I handle things the way I know is best with my boys.  FIL needs to grow up and get his own life!  Go on tour with that old boys band!  Go on a global tour for a year!

Rant off!  I know my last outburst is childdish but...I am just so fed up with all the drama around me.  As if worrying about hub's chronic health problems, now a tax problem and the ungoing battle to get my boys needs met, isn't enough!
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Reply #140 - Oct 11th, 2009 at 8:56pm
 
You really have your hands full!  I don't think you have anything to apologize for.  People who aren't dealing with what you're dealing with have no clue.

In answer to your question, " What the hell's wrong w/me?" I must say you're way over taxed by your responsibilities, stressed out and don't have enough support to balance it out.

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Reply #141 - Oct 12th, 2009 at 5:18am
 
Thanks Sakina, if I could only make a psychic connection between you and other people so I could get them on a similar thought trail!

Hair - Think I've goofed up this morning.  Wash, condition, thought I'd apply some leave-in because it worked really well yesterday.  It seemed fine at first too.  I think I should only use a leave-in on the very tips every other day or less.  Then suffer in between. 

Having gone more than three months without a trim doesn't work.  I can't banish the split ends completely no matter how careful I am with my hair.  I just haven't had the time with unpredicted expenses, surgery, etc. 

Right now, hub and the boys are first in priority line when it comes to hairdresser expenses but if hub buys electrical trimmers and can actually learn how to use it Grin then perhaps I could afford to go in every 12 weeks for a mini trim to keep the ends from looking too split and worn. 

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Reply #142 - Oct 13th, 2009 at 5:55am
 
Hair - I put it up in a ponytail yesterday afternoon.  Don't like it down anymore.  So now I'm back to ponytails and buns with slight variations and loose ends allowed to hang at each side of my face the way my hair was when hub met me.  He seems to like that. 

Today I only washed and conditioned.  I'm a little more careful with only applying the conditioner from 1/4 down from my scalp.  When it had dried I first put it up in a ponytail, then used the scrunchy to pull the ponytail through once, wrapped the ponytail around itself and part of the scruncny, then used the remaining part of the scrunchy I was holding with the other end to secure the bun.  Loose featury ends are sticking out here and there with just parts of the velvet showing between my hair.  I think it looks cute. Smiley

Weather - Cold and clear.  Was supposed to have taken the boys for a long walk but I slept in and we didn't have time for a long walk if we're going to bake too.  Besides, the oldest one had put on summer pants and I wasn't in a mood to take up the conflict with him so we briskly walked to the supermarket and grabbed three boxes of ready mix baking packages.  I only wore my duffel. I didn't wear a knit hat and the duffel hood doesn't close tight so I had to hold the hood tight with a hand, handbag over arm, the youngest one by my other hand.

Baking - We'll be baking wholegrain biscuits and scones today.  I hate baking and I'm only doing it for the boys.  They always say they want to bake when they're on break but they always lose interest and I end up alone with dough and flour every where. 

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I'm sending you big hugs with Sakina, honey.  Stress can cause all sorts of physical ailments, so don't discount it.  Would meditation help or something like that?  *hugs*
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I don't know about meditation I always fall asleep and have weird dreams when I try. Grin  For now, I get the youngest one's bedroom for a while in the evening so I can sit by myself and listen to music.  In return, he gets to watch cartoons in the evening for a while. Smiley

Hair - Wash, 1 min conditioning treatment, leave-in on the ends.  Not putting it up today.  Think the ends are growing uneven now.  It looks as if I have layers cut into the bottom even though I know for sure that she cut it off to one blunt length at the beginning of July.  I'd have to have too much cut off if one blunt length is a priority.  *sigh!*  One thing is what I think I want and another thing may be what works for me.  So maybe one length isn't right for me.  I'll think about it until December.  At least my hair looks shiny and not the least brassy today I just think my natural hair color when examined under a good light has some dark auburn tones to it.  I don't mind in the least, I've always envied that multi-tonal look.

Yesterday - Shopping, baking biscuits and scones, helping the boys agree on what movies to watch, which games to play and vacuuming was too much and my expectations were too high.  I'll break it up between 2-3 days another time.

Today - I don't care if they watch TV and play computer games all day long!  I'm going to sit here for quite a while too.  I'll be looking at hair galleries to see if there are any long hair cuts that work with the pattern my hair appears to grow in.
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Reply #145 - Oct 15th, 2009 at 4:15pm
 
Drear wrote on Oct 14th, 2009 at 3:15am:
Today - I don't care if they watch TV and play computer games all day long!  I'm going to sit here for quite a while too.  I'll be looking at hair galleries to see if there are any long hair cuts that work with the pattern my hair appears to grow in.


They'll be fine!  You guys are always taking walks and doing activities and staying busy, so it won't hurt them to watch TV for a bit.  Cheesy  You deserve some down time to do the things you want to do!
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Reply #146 - Oct 16th, 2009 at 6:06am
 
Hair - Wash, condition, just gonna watch what it does on its own today.  Staying indoors.  Rainy.  So far it feels fine.  Typical when I don't have to go any where.

Yesterday - Got all the boys trimmed and there were no problems with anyone's behavior in the salon.  Even the little one only talked too much.  They look good newly trimmed.  Hub got trimmed after work.  Once I find out if I can afford all the moisturizing stuff my skin needs, antibiotics to keep nettles down, then I'll decide if I can afford a trim sooner than December.

Had chocolate cake when we got back.  Baked it before we went for their trim and threatened to put it in the freezer if they didn't behave! Cheesy  I wasn't worried about the two oldest but the hairdresser and I just kept reminding the youngest one about that chocolate cake.  Nothing makes his eyes light up like the word "cake". 

Hub read on our salon's homepage that they're being sold to someone new but the employees will be the same.  I don't hope there'll be reason to switch because I like that we can order appointments online and tick the treatments we want.  Not that we can afford anything other than cuts...
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Reply #147 - Oct 22nd, 2009 at 10:49am
 
Hair - I'm hopeless!  It's back up to the July length or maybe the longest parts are a bit longer but I did order her to cut off anything that wasn't healthy.  Got it cut on Monday.  On a positive note, I'm glad I didn't reject the idea of long and face framing layers.  She knows and respects that I don't want a shorter or above shoulders style.  I'm really loving my layers this time.  This hairdresser knows what she's doing!  She also custom blended some leave-in conditioner in a tiny pot that I use a drop of a day.  The leave in should go a long way. Smiley  I can't complain about the look and feel of my hair.   

I don't brush my hair frequently throughout the day in frustration.  I only comb morning and evening.  It really just takes care of itself.  Need a new deep conditioner, oil, and I've tossed all the questionable hair brushes.
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Reply #148 - Oct 24th, 2009 at 2:40am
 
I just want to scream at my brother!  I'm both worried and frustrated with him.  So, we've found out that he's in some province of China that I can't spell.  We only found out because his mail gets sent to his dad and his dad couldn't resist opening some mail because we haven't heard from my brother in so long and had no clue where he was.  Well, there was a letter from the bank.  We can see that he's withdrawn all his money over in two portions within recent time in China. 

He's 19.  Thinks he's so grown up and all and has something to prove or whatever.....He could've just said the family's getting on his nerves, he wants some space and he's going to China for a while, from roughly x date to y date and roughly where and how he intends to finance this trip.  It would also be nice to have had an address or a phone number we could call in case of an emergency.  We wouldn't abuse it and invade his privacy.  *Grrr!*.
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Reply #149 - Oct 29th, 2009 at 6:00am
 
Hair - While I got layers again mainly to get rid of as much damage as possible without losing too much length but also to satisfy that itch to change something without going drastic, I haven't completely given up on my hair.  I need to prioritize a satin or silk pillow case because I suspect that I do the most damage while I'm sleeping.  I toss around a lot.  Next year, I also need to upgrade the hair sun screen I use even if it's going to cost me a bit more than I think these things should cause because I obviously have very porous hair.  If the hairdresser wants me to begin to pay for the costum blended leave-in, then I'm prepared to pay but she's going to have to blend a bit more than just a little pot in return.  A dab of that stuff makes my hair so soft and smooth.

Is there an astrologer among the longlocks members?! Wink - I seem to have completely lost my communication abilities.  I can't say anything to anyone without being misunderstood.  I wade from one conflict into the next! Roll Eyes  I've also got back into the bad old habit of apologizing for things I haven't done just for the sake of peace.  At times I'm not conflict shy at all and at other times I sense I'm just feeling too sensitive and fragile to fend for myself. 

Mom - She's being unusually generous.  She calls a lot.  Shows genuine interest in my life.  Transfers money to my account, and now she called to ask what size I wear because she wants to buy me some tunics. I think she's finally realized that I'm pretty much all the family she's got left.  My brother's "run away" (he's 19 so it's not illegal) and we've never been a close knit family where we stick up for each other so it doesn't help that we quite possibly have a lot of blood relations to my mother (I'm adopted) spread around the country.

Wardrobe reconsiderations - When one finds oneself with very little to wear each season despite having updated one's wardrobe the previous year, perhaps it's time to reconsider the way one wears one's clothes. Wink  Yes, there's something I'm having trouble owing up to. Grin  So I'm going to stop this nonesense with trying to stick to one style and clean out everything else.  Mixing fx. boheme/retro has always fallen quite naturally to me and is perhaps the style most people associate with being "your style".

I want to see how those tunics my mom wants to buy me look like tucked in with some of my wool skirts, belts, and either worn with leggings or colorful thighs and ethnic inspired jewelry.  I'll save classic and vintage knits for jeans and vintage costume jewelry.  For a long time I've felt like I had nothing to wear with jeans if I wore my knits down to the last thread because I was always wearing them the classic way with wool skirts.  I don't own any casual blouses or shirts I could've worn with jeans.  I wore out the tunics I bought two years ago along with most of the leggings I bought at the same time.  I was also afraid I'd wear the skirts out too fast and I prefer to save the old leggings for casual wear with retro 1920s inspired styles on weekends where I just want to be comfortable while lounging around.

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Reply #150 - Nov 1st, 2009 at 5:14am
 
Hair - Forgot vinegar rinse but remembered to deep condition.  Leave-in is working really well though it's very runny and I need to watch it that I really only use a tiny dab.  My cheeks are acting up again so once again the layers are doing a great job at hiding my cheeks until they clear up.  I like the shape of my hair I just hope I can keep it and still grow it longer.  I'll have a mini trim at the end of December.  If she objects to only mini trimming this style, then I'll switch to one of her other colleagues and work my way back to one length though that didn't really make me happy either but  I'm not willing to give up on this hair growing project nor am I willing to live with long hair at the cost of anything else; condition, how the shape works for me, etc.

Halloween - Passed without incident.  We even forgot to turn the TV on for a widely advertised children's Halloween movie. Embarrassed  Halloween in Denmark is just so...well, it makes me feel the way Christmas made me feel in CA;   I just couldn't ever get into it there and I just can't get into Halloween here. Sad  I find it embarrassing when they try to make a big deal out of it on TV but when I look outside of my windows, everything's just pitch black except for street lamps and I think that pretty much describes how most Danes feel about it.

We have our own costume celebration in February so it's not like the kids get cheated out of dressing up completely. 

Health again - I feel like a complete hypochondriac but I just feel that it would be unwise to ignore chest pains even though I can't really localize them or say if it's the breast, the heart or some hidden muscle.  It can feel sore and I've had a few stabbing pains but it is left sided so I've booked an appointment with the doc just to [hopefully] be on the safe side.  I couldn't get an appointment until the 10th of November and it's the doctor I like the least but he is a doctor and he's been there for over 10 years so I have to assume that he's alright.
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Reply #151 - Nov 1st, 2009 at 7:53pm
 
So you are going to slowly clip the layers even? I can't quite envision what micro trims would mean.  They way I got into my layering predicament was by having the layers lengthened at each trim. No loss of overall length, but shortest layers kept being chopped back up to my chin, and the rest spaced out within the two distances.

Your Halloween sounds similar to what our neighborhood is like most years, but for some reason, this year the spirit was more lively. We actually had, like, four groups of kids ring our doorbell. Shocking! Usually we get candy just in case, and end up eating it until Easter since nobody rang the bell.

I'm really sorry to hear about your chest pains!  I hope nothing is wrong and you start feeling better soon. I personally had a few chest pains earlier in the year, but they were fixed(?) by getting new bras that fit me better.
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Reply #152 - Nov 2nd, 2009 at 12:14am
 
I certainly hope the chest pains are nothing serious.  I remember having some unlocalized weird pains when I was going thru the change, but I researched and found that random chest pains were associated with menopause and went away after a while.  Which is what happened with me.

We had about 20 kids for Halloween, double what we had last year.  Since the two large families in the neighborhood moved 3 yrs. ago we just don't get as many kids.
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Reply #153 - Nov 2nd, 2009 at 3:18am
 
How long is it dark there during the winter?  It would seem to me that the darkness would be perfect for Halloween.  More scary. Cheesy   

I'm admitting to being somewhat of hypochondriac too, but if you're having chest pains, get them checked out.  Never be afraid to have a checkup if you think that something is wrong. You'll never know what it is unless you do.
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No, I'm going to continue to trim the layers too.  At least for a while.  For some odd reason, my hair behaves better with layers.  It wasn't always this way.  I don't know why or when this change happened.  I won't lie, while I like the look now, it does irritate me that layers work best but I'm not willing to go for an overall shorter length to avoid layers.  Not again.

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I'm such a cyberchondriac that I've resisted researching this.  Thanks for pointing out that possibility though.  I started precocious puberty so why not precocious menopause?  I'm 32. 

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On one of our national TV stations news sites says that sun rise is at 07:30am and sunset is at 16:34pm.  Of course there'll be some regional differences from east to west. 



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My hair looks better with some layers too.  Mine is fine and mostly straight with some body wave (although it seems to have gotten more wavy in the last few years) and it looks really bad if it's blunt cut. 

I hope your chest pains are something minor!  I think you're doing the right thing by going to the doctor, and also not freaking yourself out by researching too much on the internet.
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Thank you all for supporting my decision to have the doc check it out.  I don't feel quite as crazy or guilty about being concerned as I initially did.

Hair - My preferences have changed from very tidy and tight updos to preferring the feeling of layers framing my face and low, loose, updos if I must put my hair up so for now layers work best.  When my hair is down, which is how I prefer it most of the time, then layers flatter my face best.

Ordinary wash and condition day.  Since the layers are still relatively short around my face, I've yet to find out whether I prefer to just smooth out the layers after I take off my knit hat when I come in or if I prefer to tuck my hair behind my ears and just have two smooth waves on either side of my face or little cute kinks if I leave it down.  I'm odd, I think hat hair is cute. Grin

Grammar - It's not entirely accidental but I don't try to correct my grammar either.  Neither when speaking Danish nor when speaking English and the same goes for my writing.  It's just a personality quirk.  In case anyone was wondering or itching to correct me. Wink  Go ahead and scratch that itch but I won't promise that it'll change anything. Cheesy
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Did the whole hair thing.  Wash, VR, deep condition, leave-in.  I love my hair on Sundays because I don't usually have to go out so it stays that freshly washed way the whole day.  I just wish I could find a way to make my hair look and feel like that every day.

I'm on hub's laptop which I hate so that's all!
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Hair - First time I was out I had a good hair hat moment when I came home.  I just came in for the second time and now I'm having a bad hair hat moment.

Doc exam. -
Just my muscles behind my breasts due to unfortunate habits.  This doctor isn't my favorite because he's shouted at me and hub in the past, run out and kicked patio pots in the middle of consultation and cusses a lot but he was very interested and attentive this time.  Well, I've been avoiding him for over 6 years so I suppose he's had time to change.

Then he gave me a long lecture aboud the inbred gene pool in Denmark and how fortunate I am to be adopted from another country, ranted about this, media hysteria and traditional lifestyles.  Okay, okay, lets all calm down! Shocked  I'm not going to post his whole rant.  Heart complications usually happen later in life if they happen and in young people they're usually born with them and I would've been diagnosed a long time ago, blah, blah, blah, and more ranting. Okay, old habits die hard. Here's finally someone who talks more than me! Cheesy 

Why do all he doctors who examine me seem like total loons?! Huh

Vaccination - Talked back and forth with the female doctor who knows our family health background the best and decided that all things considered, she thought it was best if we had the A-vaccine.  You get it in two portions here.  Don't know if it's the same around the world.  So we have to come back in three weeks. 

I forgot to ask if the vaccine needs to be repeated every year or if the experts expect it to give lifelong immunity?  3. They don't have a clue?!

The oldest one was home all day because the school cab won't pick up or deliver out of hours so I had no other choice.  He'll also have to take the 2nd of Dec. off.  Hub picked the wet and dirty middle son up from school and the oldest and I picked the youngest one up wet and dirty from kindergarten. Roll Eyes

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Whew! I'm glad to hear it was just a musculature problem, and not a heart problem! That being said, I still hate musculature problems. I take it the prognosis was good?

Your doctor sounds like a hoot! Is there no chance to switch to another doctor? Anyway, I think I would find him pretty amusing. We'd sit together and share conspiracy theories!  Grin

I'm not familiar with the A-vaccine. Do you mean a vaccine for hepatitis A?  Huh

And yikes! That sounds like a lot of mud! Sounds about similar to what happens to all my friends when they try to play soccer here in Pittsburgh. They show up rain or shine, and more often than not, it's rain.  Smiley
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Well, I'm glad it's not a heart problem!  Since it's muscular, can it be remedied with exercise or some kind of physical therapy?  Your doctor sure does sound like a character!
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Glad it's just muscular!  Although that can be painful too!
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Thank goodness it wasn't anything more serious.

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Grin Boy, does he sound wacko and I'd imagine very entertaining, but not if he's your doctor. Huh  Good thing he changed.

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I am very glad it wasn't heart.  You are much too young for that.
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The way it works out here in our rural area is that we have a doctor house and several doctor's connected.  If you have patience, you can select your favorite doctor for each consultation but I really wanted this checked ASAP.

Reg. vaccination; it's for N1H1, my brain just wasn't working last evening.  I was in so much muscular pain from the vaccination and breast examination. 

The doctor did make me laugh and relax and I do appreciate that he didn't just push me out of his office with a short "well, it's not breast cancer and it's not your heart" and no further explanation.  His nature is just....colorful!

One of my SILs is a physioterapist.  I'll talk to her next time I see her.  I hate going back to the doc to get a referral to a physioterapist in some other town.  For now, I'll just mind the left, upper side of my body, shoulder, and arm.

I don't know if his argument that native born Danes are generally inbred works in practice.
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Hair - I have no sense of time this week so I've completely messed up my routine.  My hair seems fine though so I guess I'm doing something right. I still want a mini trim in December before I measure again in January. 

I tried using my kitchen grade oils as deep conditioners.  They don't seem to do anything for my hair and strangely, I seem to have allergic reactions to everything I eat in the immediate hours after applying oil to my hair so I just have to find a better deep conditioner.

I keep my hair under my coat and knit hats, I don't wash my hair as such, just use enough shampoo to get any dirt off my scalp, condition, deep condition a few times a week and use a leave in conditioner that makes my hair look and feel fantastic.

Unfortunately, it still takes just 4 weeks from a trim before I see little white tips on some of my hairs.  Being able to see those white tips also depends on the angle and lighting I hold the tips on. Roll Eyes

Birthday Marathon - Uhm...wow!  Time flies.  Yesterday was the youngest one's birthday.  It was a marathon of cake and biscuits for the kindergarten.  Then home to more biscuits, dinner and layer cake.  I saved the last batch of biscuits for today. 

He got a bean bag chair, McQueen pillow and more Mcqueen bedding than he already has.  Duplo Lego (needs the larger ones for smaller kids due to his automotoric developmental retardation)  a giant plastic "foam" elephant from my mother. Huh  Well, he thinks it's brilliant so that's fine with me.  A few large plastic cars to add to his growing collection and some big plastic boxes with lids and wheels.  He's got more presents waiting at my IL's on Saturday.  *Sigh!*  "I will survive!"



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Aw, he is a cutie!  What a smile!
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Hair - Some Sundays I'm just too lazy or overtired to want to attempt to vinegar rinse and deep condition.  After a scalp shampoo I only let the deep conditioner sit for a minute.  My hair still looks and feels good and I've not applied any leave-in yet.  I will before I go out.  It's cold, raining and windy so I'll tuck my hair under my jacket and knit hat very carefully.

Yesterday we visited my in-laws for a late celebration of the youngest birthday and after I carefully asked how often my SIL had her bob trimmed.  I agreed with her that she looks best with her bob a bit shorter than it is now because if that's the cut she prefers, it looks best on her neck short.  She complimenteed me on my hair too so I thankfully lost the urge to give up and give in I've had this past week. 

Others think my hair looks good, it feels good, so I must be doing something right and it seems worth trying to keep it long.  I find it easier to care for my hair at this time of the year than I do in the summer. 

Make-up -  I'm wearing some make-up again.  I'm not feeling for foundation these days so that affects the colors and formulas of eye colors I wear.  I do wish I could afford to prioritize a concealer.

Yesterday my SIL gave me a Chanel stylo yeux in 'violine' which is purple.  It looks just as good as the navy and jade green stylo pens she's also bought me over time.  The jade green is easiest to apply visibly so I've nearly used it up. 

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Aww...your son is just too adorable for words! Smiley

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Oh, that happens to me all the time on different forums because I type fast, read fast then move on too quickly to post on another thread/journal. 

Hair - Wash, one minute treatment, leave-in and then out of the door with a knit hat on.  Within 15 minutes of returning, my hair usually falls back into place so it's not a huge issue. 

Tuesday - Lots of crap because of county bureacracy.  Then our front door handle got jammed and because I'd left the computer turned on and therefor online as well, I couldn't call from the phone in the shed. Roll Eyes  Luckily our neighbor had just got home so I could use her phone and camp out until hub could come from work and get a lock smith.  Youngest one desperately needed to use a toilet as well.  The lock smith drove to a wrong town on the other side of one of our major lakes before realizing his mistake so extra time was wasted.  Suddenly all five in our household were camped out in the neighbor's house. Embarrassed

Our door has a plastic frame, glass window and it's practically break in safe.  The lock smith spent 2½ hrs. trying to get it up.  I'd returned at 3:15pm and we weren't in our own house before 6:30pm.  A real drag.  Hub's been wih a cold and his astma has been terrible since Thursday last week.  He forgot to bring medicine with him to work, had none in the car, it was of course in our impenetrable house!  My cell phone was having its batteries charged on the kitchen table as well.  *sigh!* 

When we finally got in and realized there was no way we could hide from our in-laws what'd happened and seeing that we just wanted to get the explaning over with, hub called his parents to explain the situation.  Well, I don't know what transpired and what's been zimmering for some time but my FIL was a real jerk and made all sorts of accusations against my husband about completely unrelated stuff. 

Wednesday - I wasn't sure if they'd actually come to our youngest one's kindergarten for the Christmas decoration cutting party for grandparents and he'd been looking forward to having them visit him in his kindergarten.  I'm glad they grew up overnight and decided to go and act civil.  However, I did prepare the kindergarten a bit without letting out too much.  Just in case they had a disappointed, crying boy to deal with.  Glad that scenario didn't take place.

When they returned our youngest after the party, they were so sheepish but they weren't honorable enough to apologize for some misunderstanding they'd had with hub. No; Instead they blamed my SIL!  Their daughter! Shocked Angry  I don't trust people like that and I very dramatically threw my hands up to my ears.  I've always known him to be a bully, now I know he's a coward too.  Not really a surprising combination. Sad

I did smile, listen, shake hands, and comfortingly try to put my arms around them, tell them everything's gonna be alright.  Everyone knows everyone really has a good heart (this was more a case of me wanting to convince myself) and stroking their arms.  So they finally left in peace. Smiley  Instead of playing a martyr I tried the guilt trip: (to my FIL) "you do know that your son cares very much for you, don't you?!".  I kept repeating that a few times.
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Hair - I think I've found a new routine that involves applying a good dab of leave-in conditioner before bed time.  Then wash and condition as usual the next morning and use a tiny dab of another leave-in, in the morning.  Even the knit hat didn't upset my hairstyle the least.  I could do this routine 2-3 times a week. 

Other - The weather's really cold here in the morning.  It only gets up to 5-7C in the afternoon.  Sorry, I'm too lazy to do conversions.  I'm wearing a dune jacket under a wool duffel coat.  I can't do with less. 

My mom made advent calenders for the boys and hub and I get a daily calendar present but smaller than the other ones.  Got some apricot seed oil for face and body today.  That's interesting.  It's in a very small glass bottle.  I'm not sure how to use it.  Maybe just face and hands?

Hub's got a doctor's appointment.  He's got some strange pains sometimes on the right side of his stomach.  I'm more worried than I'm letting off but I couldn't hold back tears yesterday when he came home.  I don't know what triggered it.  There's nothing he can touch or grab and there's no blood when he goes to the toilet.  At least yesterday the symptoms didn't go away for a couple of hours if he ate but it wasn't there constantly either.  I'm not sure if anything's changed.  I just gave him some details over the phone so he could call the doc.

My dad's with a bad flu and so is his girlfriend and they've bought none-refundable flight tickets to Denmark on the 20th of December so even those this flu or infection of sorts has lasted nearly 2 weeks now, I hope this still gives them enough time to recover.

I've been watching several Coronet educational films from the 1940s-50s.  I know they're unrealistic, poorly scripted, badly directed, and painfully unconvincing in acting but I love them for that kitsch/camp effect.  Drop and Cover!
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Reply #173 - Dec 1st, 2009 at 9:29am
 
First let me say that youngest son is ADORABLE.   Smiley  I wouldn't mind having some of those legos to play with!!  I'm sorry your FIL can't be more of an adult but, hey, that's on him.  And last but not least, I hope everything is all right with your hubby.
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Thanks Trisha, hub's got the unusual doc. appt. time of 6:15.  We'll see if they have the blood test results back, if anything shows up on ultrasound or if the doc just refers him to someone else. 

N1H1 vaccine - Just got back from the second part of the N1H1 vaccine.  I don't know if it's divided up in two parts else where but here in Denmark they say your immune system can't handle the vaccine in one portion so they give it to you in two portions with three weeks space between the two portions.  Don't know why the three weeks is necessary. 

Over here the vaccine is only available to critically ill, people in "key" positions and people with respiratory problems.  Hub and the boys have respiratory problems because of their astma, I'm a "key" person. Grin  Actually, they have too many vaccines and not enough are asking for it so they're allowing for people who aren't in the risk group to get the vaccine.  Usually you have to pay for a vaccine but this one if for free if they decide you have some ailment or illness that's critical or that someone thinks you're a key person.

Didn't feel a thing.  Maybe a muscle felt like it was being pulled while the fluid was injected.  Had no side effects last time.  Hub felt a bit neauseus for the first hour.  We're not feeling anything now 45 mins. after the vaccine.

Hair - I had the choice of getting my hair frozen off or fried off when my hair wasn't dry and we had to go.  It's freezing outside and I'd used a one minute treatment which usually means my hair takes longer to dry.  I don't know if I made the right choice but I chose to fry my hair instead of have it freeze.  I had it on low heat and just did a quick blast around my head.  We're talking max. a whole minute.  I sleep with some leave-in conditioner tonight.
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Reply #175 - Dec 2nd, 2009 at 6:25pm
 
Drear, your son's a real charmer!  I'm glad he had such a nice birthday.

I think you new method of conditioning at night will go a long way to get your hair through the winter.  I hope it works all winter long for you!

When I was in Denmark it was March and not so cold, but quite windy.  I can't imagine handling long hair every winter.  I guess I'd have to keep it braided all the time or a hat wouldn't stay on my ears.
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I think I've got a working Fall/Winter routine.  The most damage seems to happen in the summer.  I just haven't found a hair sun screen that really works. 

Hen mother? - I'm keeping all three home today.  They started the morning cranky with sore muscles, shaking and headaches.  Then the oldest one threw up half a pill because he couldn't figure out how to swallow it.  That just did it for me!  I just couldn't cope with all of this.  All over the bathroom and overnight I've contracted the worst cold in a long time.  I'd just rather that they're here today where I can observe them. 

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Drear wrote on Dec 1st, 2009 at 3:58am:
Hub's got a doctor's appointment.  He's got some strange pains sometimes on the right side of his stomach.  I'm more worried than I'm letting off but I couldn't hold back tears yesterday when he came home.  I don't know what triggered it.  There's nothing he can touch or grab and there's no blood when he goes to the toilet.  At least yesterday the symptoms didn't go away for a couple of hours if he ate but it wasn't there constantly either.

I'm sorry to hear that your husband isn't feeling well.  Sad
At least, since it's on the right side, it's unlikely to be appendix related. How long has he been hurting? Does he usually hurt more or less if he eats or if he is hungry? I'd really suggest your husband start a food diary for a while and record what times of day he hurts and what he's been eating. If it's food related, it could be something like food sensitivities, ulcers, excess gas, etc.  You'd be amazed at how painful intestinal gas can be. Then, maybe, the doctor might have more to work with.

I also don't really blame the doc for not using ultrasound. I've had ultrasounds done of my bladder and kidneys and there was prep I had to do a day or two before hand. I've also had cat scans done of my intestinal tract. Both times, even though I'd been having regular inflammation and trouble with those organs, nothing showed up.  Maybe if you call back in to request, they can reschedule him for ultrasound with the correct prep work.

I'm also sorry to hear that your children are sick, too! Does Denmark have chewable cold tablets? I had a friend who couldn't swallow pills, so we always got him the kids' chewable pain/cold relief tablets from the grocery. Grape flavor, if I remember correctly.  Grin

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I remember that point as a kid where I was old enough for the adult pills and didn't have the option of chewable or liquid medications anymore and I had to learn how to swallow pills.  I used to practice on candy, like M&Ms, Skittles or Tic-Tacs. 

Hope your husband continues to feel better and doesn't have a relapse.  And I hope you and your kids feel better soon!
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Drear wrote on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 2:16am:
I'm glad the air is cleared.  Gosh, I should be the last one to point fingers at anyone ranting.  I don't expect people to read my entries but sometimes I just need to see my own thoughts in writing.  Sometimes I suddenly see things in a different perspective.


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Reply #183 - Dec 8th, 2009 at 6:17am
 
Thanks to everyone for replying.  I've just been too mentally exhausted to get back.  First all that sick stuff, then a conflict filled weekend, yesterday I was trying to pull my home back into a presentable state, today I'm doing my nails an nothing else!  Well, not all day long.

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I remember that point as a kid where I was old enough for the adult pills and didn't have the option of chewable or liquid medications anymore and I had to learn how to swallow pills.  I used to practice on candy, like M&Ms, Skittles or Tic-Tacs. 

  Oh thanks Michelle, I'll try that one with him. Smiley

Regarding hub - I know not everything would show up on a scan anyway and blood tests are pretty certain if there are no human errors so I trust the results.  Hub seems much better now in that area but he's with a terrible cold that's messing with his asthma.

The boys - colds come and go like they do with kids at that age who are around so many other kids.  I sent them back to school on Friday and everyone was fine.  We have children's paracetamol (or similar) for anal injection only as far as I know.  It causes such a scene each time I have to use one to reduce fever long enough to get someone well enough to eat something which is why they have to be very sick before I'm desperate enough to use them.

Weekend - Saturday and Sunday the youngest one was just sooo irritating!  He caused quite a fuss in kindergarten yesterday.  Then exhausted himself and finally fell asleep in the middle of a rage and hit one eye against a table top.  *Sigh!*.  Nothing serious though. 

Uhm...my mind's still in a whirl which is why this post is so unstructured. 

Hair - My wash, condition, leave-in and sometimes more leave-in before bedtime routine is working really well.  It's just paramount that I don't neglect the weekly vinegar rinse!

It's now 19" and I'll wait 'til it's just past 20" before going for a maintenance trim and I hope my hair will still be 20" when she's done trimming.

I've been toying with the jersey ties and only one velvet scrunchie today.  My hair is as smooth and shiny as ever but the scrunchie won't stay in and my hair looks greasy and thinner when put up. Sad  I could smooth over with a brush but hub's brush has wax on it *yuck!* so there's only my old bubble tipped brush and I read some where that they actually damage your hair.  How, I'm not sure I understand.

I only ever liked the velvet and soft lace scrunchies.  I haven't seen them around here in ages.  I can't remember how I kept them in my hair; Kept them from sliding down.

Hmmm...I feel a thread coming up.....
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Reply #184 - Dec 8th, 2009 at 7:55am
 
Our new dining table lamp just arrived with the mail.  I hate the tacky clear plexi plastic lamp shade we have now.  The plastic has even developed indentions over time and it's impossible to clean off.  It's just a large clear disc over a small blue disc we bought in IKEA eons ago when I accidentally kicked the box that had our matte glass lamp in it. Sad  The matte white glass lamps are probably the most typically found over Danish dining tables. These are very popular: http://www.tilatbetale.dk/images/Palermo%205%20pendel%20copy.jpg

The next most common are the cones and the halogen chandeliers.  But then we found this assemble it yourself lamp that looks okay in design, I hope it'll spread the light nicely so I said okay when hub really wanted this little project:   http://stormagasinet.dk/makethumb.php?pic=images/produkter/flight/4-flight-35.jp...

So now he knows what to do with this evening!

The "Hvidkløver" aka Flight 55 is the most sold and well known one of the cheap cones in Danish homes but I just felt for something a little different than a standard cone.  We can always change it in the future.  There isn't much of a price difference between the three lamps.  The Flight 28 is a bit smaller than ours but the same shape.  The plastic is supposed to be color proof and stay white.  Supposedly the plastic is of some sort that doesn't attract dust.  Only time will tell...They're all three designed by a sculpturer named Bjarne Urhammer. 

Trust me, anything will look better than what we have now!

They had one of the big Danish designer cones by Henning Poulsen in hub's company.  "Someone" actually broke in and stole it.  This has been happening around Danish companies that have the large PH cones: 

http://www.euroinvestor.com/newsstories/image.aspx?f=QxoImages&w=630&fn=phkoglen...

PH are just out of our price range: http://www.denstoredanske.dk/@api/deki/files/12032/=319005404.801.png 

To be honest.  My taste isn't very Danish in design.  I'd like something colorful and/or antique with some charm.  I even like Tiffany lamps.  Danish lamp design is mainly about the light and discrete lamp design.  Each to their own...But if I received it as a gift, the PH 5 from 1958 wouldn't look bad over our dining table.  The PH 5 and all its copies used to be a standard over Danish dining tables and it would go well with the mid century modern stuff I'd like to collect in the future along with so many other styles that I fear my home will end up looking like a living history museum. Grin

I just intended to write a short post about this funny new assembly lamp but some how I managed to turn it into a nerdy post about Danish light and lamp culture and history. Huh

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Reply #185 - Dec 9th, 2009 at 3:45am
 
Lamp - Hub put the lamp together last evening.  It only took a few hours which was way less than I thought it would take.  I thought he's be assembling it from he got home around 5pm until 10-11pm but he was done before 7pm.  Unfortunately he broke one of the "locks" on one of the leaves so that's taped to another "leaf" from the inside and you have to know where it is and be looking from a downward diagonal angle and looking upward to see it.  All in all it's not as bad looking as I'd feared. 

Sure it looks assembled close up but you don't have to stand very far apart or sit very far below before it all looks fine and the light that projects from it is fantastic and just makes it worth it all!  The light is so soft yet it illuminates perfectly over the entire dining table. Smiley  Okay, enough lamp for now!


Hair - It was feeling so perfect yesterday.  I'm not sure I like my 1 min. treatment anymore.  I might use the deep conditioner mid week instead.  I want a better deep conditioner too.  I've got quite a bit of the leave-in the hairdresser mixed for me and I've finally learnt to dose and apply the Nivea leave-in correctly but I hate the smell at first.  It's too strong.  I prefer the slightly gelly liquid leave-in conditioner consistency I can just dab a finger in and apply alll over my hair with the mildest of fragrance if anything.

At least headphones and knit hats no longer leave any marks.  I miss having the ends do their funny little things though.  That's going to happen less and less as my hair grows longer.  I just don't like the very tamed look on me anymore.  I prefer looser soft, quirky, romantic styles on me these days. 

Surprise birthday party and school problems - Yesterday hub went to pick up our middle son from his recreational club at school after work as usual, just to be told that all the boys had gone to a birthday party.  Luckily the teachers knew where the party was and all of his stuff was gone so we assumed he'd taken it with him and it was.  We've no idea how he got to the party.  I was so angry with him yesterday for not telling us he had this party to go to and when to pick him up that I forgot to ask how he got from the school to the birthday boy's home. 

Never mind it's dark at before 4pm at this time of the year.  We were apparently supposed to have picked him up at 5pm but before hub got there it was 5:15pm.  I'm glad the host family didn't put our boy out on the street.

Things weren't helped when some boys from the parallel class (he's in 2A the birthday boy was from 2B and you either invite everyone from your class or all the kids of your gender from both parallel classes) began to tease him shortly before hub found the place and picked him up late so our son was in tears and throwing a fit.  It's a new neighborhood, it doesn't show up on GPS.  The two cellphone numbers I found to the parents online didn't work either.

Our boy is very polite, gentle and sensitive and I think other kids pick up on that and that makes him an easy target.  He was spat on, hit and kicked the first week of school the first year in school, then he's had stuff stolen from him/hidden from him and there's always been small episodes but generally he's a popular boy there are just a few bullies who make life miserable for everyone once in a while and sadly this little hard group is the reason why so many kids from both parallel classes have transferred to other schools but we can't afford that option or logistically make it work. 

Sorry, got carried away, again, again.  Thankfully, I'm a fast typist so this doesn't take much of my time and makes it easier for me to focus on getting stuff done the rest of the day. Smiley
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Reply #186 - Dec 9th, 2009 at 9:41am
 
I'm sorry middle son has to deal with that crap.  I wish I had some advice but I don't.   Sad 
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Reply #187 - Dec 10th, 2009 at 3:35am
 
Hair - Hmm...don't know what makes the difference on some days.  I do the same on most days yet on some days I think I have the most gorgeous hair and on other days it's either yucky or just bland.

More crap - Had to empty middle one's backpack, turn it inside out, wash and dry it.  There was a leaking sour milk carton in his bag.  They get the small ones in school.  He says he didn't put it in his bag.  We only have his word for it but I can't think of any reason why he'd lie.  He only once naively thought a milk would be okay in the carton from lunch hour where he didn't drink it and until he got home in the afternoon.  That taught him that it ruins his backpack if the carton breaks.  This smelled old!  I know it wasn't in his bag on Tuesday.   Someone else's prank?  Who knows...
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Reply #188 - Dec 15th, 2009 at 3:11am
 
Hair - Well, at least one thing is under control in my life!  It's been behaving itself very well since I added some more leave-in to my routine, and am more religious about the vinegar rinses.

Irritant - Oldest son dragged his backpack and clothes changing bag along the ground and tore holes in both of them.  He quickly hid his bags when he got home on Friday so we wouldn't notice.  Of course I noticed Monday morning when I went to check that everything was packed. Roll Eyes  I had to lend him my backpack which is a good 13-14 years old now and looks as good as new.  Lets see how long this lasts!  The shops don't have backpacks now unless you have a fortune to spare which we don't but hub ordered one online.  It'll be here on the 23rd. 

Health - Whatever was upsetting my husband's stomach is back again.  It might be some type of stones anyway even though blood tests excluded that because he feels the pain from one place in the front and directly in the same place in the back if you could draw a line through him.  It might be ulcers as well because they can create the same pain.  So he's got a referral for a scan which I have to pick up later today and a prescription on some type of ulcer medicine which should work quickly. 

We're of course unhappy if it's either and especially this close to the holidays but I pray that it's nothing more serious. 

I don't know if it was a mistake to get the second shot of N1H1 vaccine but we're all fine now.  Iv'e read in different places that they've stopped giving children the second shot many places and many adults are opting out of the second shot to get the other half dosis of what's recommended.  Well, what's done is done.  I've read that others were much more ill for days or weeks than we were. 

Today - I've got the youngest one home today.  His carers are taking some class today.  That's good.  Anything that improves their skills in handling special needs kids is good.  We've got to mail a package to my mother and pick up that referral. 

Vanity - LD made me feel very guilty for neglecting my nails Wink aside from cleaning them a couple of times every day because I'm paranoid about that stuff.  So I grabbed the clippers, polish remover and just applied a couple of quick dry nearly clear rose polish.  There!  Looking pulled together. Smiley
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Reply #189 - Dec 15th, 2009 at 9:52am
 
Haha!
That reminds me of silly things I'd do as a child, to keep my parents from knowing the stupid things I'd done. Like cutting off hanks of hair close to the scalp when I got pine sap in my hair from climbing trees. As if my parents and all the rest of the world could somehow fail to notice the tuft of new hair sticking straight up when it started growing out again.

I'm sorry that your husband is feeling bad again. At least, if it is ulcers, they should clear up pretty fast with a course of antibiotics. I think they also have really non-invasive methods for clearing out stones, too, if that is the problem.

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Isn't fresh clean nail polish so nice? That shade sounds lovely.  Smiley
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Reply #190 - Dec 16th, 2009 at 7:06am
 
Grin KNS.

NHC - Yesterday hub called the hospital he got a referral to, to ask how it all works.  got told he could just come in from the street at 8am today.  That sounded great and simple.  Not so!  They only do x-rays like that, scans have to be scheduled and they won't have an available appt. until next year.  Not that far away you might think but with the pains he's in, any day feels like one day too long.  So he called the private HC and got told that they only have to give him an answer about where he can get a scan within 48 hours.  So that'll be Friday.  I don't know if private (or public) hospitals shut down for none emergencies over the x-mas holidays.  I'm really disappointed in both the public and private health care system.  We don't know and for a while won't know if this is something critical that needs to be treated as an emergency.  He's very hungry all the time but can't drink or eat without feeling tremenderous pain while eating and for quite a while afterwards.  If our general doc could do the scan himself he/she probably would've.  I think the first doc seeing him promised something he couldn't deliver over the phone. 

Hair - Why are shampoo bottles always nearly 1/4 larger than the conditioner?!  I use about 1/3 more conditioner than shampoo. 

Youtube - Waylon Jennings autobiography, a bunch of Dion Dimucci, Frankie Avalon(old TV stuff), Bobby Rydell - love his voice, Class of 55 from 77 and 85 with Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. GL and GA paranormal stuff.

Reading - Old Carl Bunch interview: http://www.mybestyears.com/InterviewSpotlights/BUNCHCarl020109.html ; I've been thumbing through my costume jewelry books too.  I just need to take my mind off things and I'm letting the boys run a bit mad in the evenings because we have so many Christmas calendar TV serials but the boys don't all want to watch them all so there's always at least one boy running around and playing.  That's fine!

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Reply #191 - Dec 16th, 2009 at 7:24am
 
Family diplomatics - Our youngest is psychomotorically retarded.  I don't know what the correct term is in English.  On many levels his development is no where near what you would mentally expect for a 6 y.o.  It's close to 2 y.o. in some areas.  He's unpredictable, spontaneous and completely untrustworthy. 

Both my in-laws and my mother nearly had to learn that the hard way.  He could've actually drowned this summer while my mother wouldn't assert herself and just grab him by his hand and hold on to him.  Same situation with the in-laws except my mom and I were with all the boys in a bird park with lots of ponds and the ponds could look like flower beds to a small boy who doesn't know better.

So while I was looking at one thing with the older boys and my mom was supposed to mind the youngest (she works with special needs people so I thought she'd know better) he got angry with her, ran off and she completely lost sight of him.  When she called my cell phone, I went hysterical and panicked.  I really feared he'd drowned.  Thankfully he'd just wandered off to a gravel trail and was talking to a gartner who heard my mother "Gustav" and the gartner asked him if his name was Gustav to which my son answered spontaneously and honestly. Smiley  So Gustav was returned to grandma.  I was still furious with her though.

Then a month ago my SIL nearly got herself and our son injured or killed in my in-laws kitchen when she let him dry off and handle the sharp, pointy utensil knives.  Hub wasn't there.  I only found out because he went out of sight and I know that's a no-no!  But jumping in stopping the situation assertively could've escalated things.  He was waving with it in his hand while talking when I walked into the kitchen and not holding the towel or knife right.  She wouldn't listen to my calm explanation and how I wanted her to stop the situation so she escalated things herself by attempting to wrestle the knife from him to show him how to dry it off.  Btw. talked to kindergarten where personel don't think 6 y.o. especially immature ones shouldn't be handling something like sharp and pointy utensil knvies.  SIL's attitude was that if they got cut, then he'd learn from that.  Well, that's not acceptable to me and it's MY boy!

Later I tried to talk to her over the phone but she wouldn't listen.  I finally felt I had to tell hub.  He was livid but I begged him not to confront her because she's very sensitive and also very stubborn (and immature).

I guess things finally bottled up over a month and last evening hub called his sister to make a few things perfectly clear.  Of course his sister wouldn't listen, thought she knew better but hub had enough and told her to: "shut up and listen!"  He gave the two stories with our parents and an example of something with a nail, board and hammer and how he might on impulse/out of curiosity start hammering on something else or someone and you just can't be close enough or fast enough to stop the situation.

It sounds like she finally accepts that we set the rules the boys  (and others) safety while we of course accept other people's house rules.  At least she admitted that she only studied this stuff theoretically and very superfically when she studied to be a school teacher and later a physiotherapist and that she doesn't know anything about kids.  Good!  Now lets see her act according to her own admission and hopefully responsibly. 

This is not the first nor the last time I have to deal with people who don't understand my boys disabilities and won't respect that they have to accept and be mindful of their disabilities.  It's flattering but simply not good enough when someone says: "but I just take them as I see them and I see them as lovely boys".  There's some truth to that but it's not the full truth nor is it acceptable if you've been told differently to ignore their special needs.

I don't expect my SIL to love and care for the boys.  She chose not to have children of her own and that's fine.  But she just wants to borrow ours when we get together so I think it's a given that she accepts the rules we set whether she finds them reasonable or not.  She really doesn't have the competence or experience to judge us or to assume anything about our boys. Angry

This is really stupid.  SIL and I have such good chemistry and talks at other times.  I hate for this to come between her.  I don't know how she handled the tough talk.  I'm not getting involved again though.  This'll have to remain between her and her brother (my husband).
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Reply #192 - Dec 17th, 2009 at 12:01am
 
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I guess your family wants to ignore your son's disability...maybe that makes them feel better about it. Huh  It's completely irresponsible though.  Hopefully, they'll realize it and soon.


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Reply #193 - Dec 17th, 2009 at 4:18am
 
Yeah LD, if it was just one of those cringe worthy disagreements then I could overlook it around them.

Snow -
Every year the snow (when/if it comes) comes as a shock to millions of Danes!  Public transport including trains service aren't prepared, the roads aren't cleared, people are still on summer tires except hub who has the sense to get them on by late Fall.  The kindergarten had to send the youngest one home so ½ hr. after dropping him off by car, I had to send hub back to fetch the youngest.

Hub - The private hospital boasts no waiting lists for scanning but they can't scan him until Monday next week.  With his unbearable, unexplained pain he's been having for nearly a month now, that's so frustrating.  It's as if someone along the line didn't understand how critical this potentially is.  He's taking sick leave for the rest of the year.  Well, he had two work days left.  This just isn't the way we wanted to celebrate x-mas with my dad coming over and all.  If necessary, we're prepared to have hub spend x-mas and NY eve in hospital if things worsen.  I haven't told my dad yet.  I was hoping things would sort themselves and for a week it seemed that way.  The ulcer medicine doesn't seem to be helping so that's probably not it and he didn't test positive for any type of stones in blood tests so I don't know what to speculate.  He had so many blood tests that cancer, etc. should've shown up too. 

I find it hard to get my act together and do anything with others around the house.  I watched a music documentary about blues, hillbilly, honky tonk country, R&B and rock'n'roll.  I missed the first 15 mins of this 50 mins. documentary on BBC Knowledge music.  They're usually good about re-running these things so I'll have to catch it a few times until I've watched it all.

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Reply #194 - Dec 19th, 2009 at 10:06am
 
Hair - The next few days I'll try to use up what's left of this year's shampoo and conditioner bottles.  I take care to tuck my hair under my knit hat and coat but a few sections always manage to free themselves in the front.  I've booked an appt. at the hairdresser on Monday because I feel I deserve some pampering with all the stress and stuff that's going on.

Snow - Hub got out of bed and went out to shovel snow and the boys sleighed for a couple of hours.  Yesterday I fell no less than six times while out but today I only nearly fell four times so I'm getting the hang og gaining my footing before falling or maybe it was just luck today.

I had to buy some essentials for the Christmas Eve dinner on the 24th when we celebrate Christmas because there's supposed to be snow storm tomorrow - Thursday.  So I don't know if I can get out again, if the stores will be able to re-stock their shelves or what's going to happen to hub between Christmas and NY Eve. 

Because of the snow storm warnings I've already written a new mile long list of stuff I need to buy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Christmas day.  I hope all of this snow storm chaos is over before NY Eve because I don't know how many times I can handle carrying heavy bags home from the supermarket and uphill.  I had a migraine after shopping today.

So this means I won't have any guests tomorrow which I don't mind all that much because I'm not feeling very social since I can't stop worrying about hub. 

Dad -
With the snow storm warning for the 23rd, I've no idea if my dad will be able to drive over here from the eastern part of the country where he'll be with his girlfriend for the first couple of nights in Denmark.  It'll be so sad if we can't meet up now that I haven't seen him in five years, the youngest one can't remember grandpa and I've no idea when we'll get a chance to see him again.  I told him I thought a Christmas visit, while lovely, was a bad idea!

Finished decorating our house and I assembled our dinky, plastic, x-mas tree because my skin reacts badly to pine and I got the tree, our small indoor birch, and our troll branch that hangs from nylon wires from our ceiling decorated and hung lights around the "tree" and the troll branch Smiley 

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Reply #195 - Dec 20th, 2009 at 2:15am
 
Glad you got to finish decorating!  We got hit with a snow storm here in the eastern part of the US yesterday.  It's still coming down lightly,but it's a winter wonderland outside!!!!
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Reply #196 - Dec 20th, 2009 at 5:29am
 
Curlgirl64 wrote on Dec 20th, 2009 at 2:15am:
Glad you got to finish decorating!  We got hit with a snow storm here in the eastern part of the US yesterday.  It's still coming down lightly,but it's a winter wonderland outside!!!!


I know.  My dad was supposed to fly to Denmark from NY (must've flown SF-NY yesterday) today but he's stuck at the airport.  Well, I did warn him!
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Reply #197 - Dec 20th, 2009 at 11:08pm
 
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I find it hard to get my act together and do anything with others around the house.

Ugh, I'm the same way.  I get so much more done when I'm alone.

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Yesterday I fell no less than six times while out but today I only nearly fell four times so I'm getting the hang og gaining my footing before falling or maybe it was just luck today.

Yay for only falling four times!!! Grin

Hopefully, your husband won't have to be hospitalized and your father won't be in the airport much longer.  Being stuck at the airport sucks. Tongue




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Reply #198 - Dec 22nd, 2009 at 9:00am
 
Thanks LD.  They found nothing wrong with my husband during the scan which is both good and bad.  Well, they can't actually scan his stomach but the doc was very thorough and felt the front side, sides and back for tumors as well as this would of course be a major concern but nothing was found and if it was cancer the bloodtests were supposed to have shown something. 

Dad - There's been a misunderstanding.  They never made it to NY because it was too foggy to fly out of SF.  They'll try again tomorrow, hopefully fly in to CPH on the 24th.  Won't be here for Christmas Eve which is a heart breaker for the boys who'd been looking forward to it and Christmas day just isn't the same thing to Danes that it is to people who celebrate Christmas on the 25th so it's very little consolation that grandpa may show up a day later. 

One of the oldest boys teachers drove all the way up to our place which considering the weather conditions really wasn't necessary.  She just wanted to drop off some presents he'd made and he's just told me that he'd made presents for grandpa. *Sigh!*  I'm trying to sell the idea of celebrating Christmas twice.

Birthday - Got a soft lavender eyeliner which isn't very visible but the effect it has on making my eyes pop is AMAZING!

Got two tunic dresses, a purple cardigan, skirt and shirt from my mother. 

Fleece lined gloves and knit hat from my in-laws that will smooth all of my hair down but at least not create a crease ring around it.  It's the same style as kids wear with the ears covered and you can tie it under your chin but I think I'll just let it hang loose.  So no more sinus or ear infections.  I really like it.  Oh, they gave me/us calcium vitamins too.  I can't drink milk and I can't eat enough cheese without "side effects".

I got Blue and turquoise towels and shower curtain from my husband a few weeks ago which I actually picked myself because I thought it would be a nice contrast to the terracotta tiles in the bathroom.  I also wanted it to be more exciting for the boys when it's bath time so I stayed off the red and purple I initially wanted which is only my taste. Soft or bright Blue/green color combinations is probably the only color combination we can reach some agreement on. Roll Eyes

The pictures of the shower curtain and my crappy attempt at a bouffant with flip trial are still in my cell phone.  I'm an idiot with technology so I still don't get how I'm supposed to upload them to the computer. Embarrassed

We've been snacking on nuts, burnt almonds ( I know they're nuts too), clementines, and a few chocolates.  I don't feel like baking.  Don't think I have anything to bake wit and it's not safe to go out into the snow storm to buy anything.  We've got lots of sweet snacks around the house anyway.

We're just having tortillas tonight because I love homemade tortillas.  The youngest one will only eat them with jam fill.  We've had a lot of salmon lately which is my favorite dish in any form so it's a little too early to have salmon again.

MIL just called to ask if hub had got home because of the weather, blah, blah, blah.  Hell!  People are adults here!  They can make their own decisions and if he chooses to miss my birthday and find himself stuck in the snow overnight then that's his problem!  I can't stop my dad from attempting to fly over here for Christmas and I can't stop my husband from going to work.  I thought the uneasy phone conversations were over when I took the initiative to call and say thanks for the presents.  I know she's concerned for her son but dammit she needs to let her kids who are all in their 40s grow up! Angry

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Scan - They couldn't scan all parts but the doctor was experienced and felt all parts front, sides and back and felt nothing feeling like a tumor nor have the blood tests indicated anything that could hint at any form of cancer which was of course our main concern.  If it continues to hurt the next step is obviously a ...scopi.  That's rather drastic and hub doesn't want it but surely you can't avoid eating or sitting up for the rest of your life. 

Hair - I felt like what the hell yesterday with all the crap that's been going on!  Drastic cut but after adjusting my eyes to it I'm really happy with it.  I never thought I'd agree with this; but cut right, bangs look best on me and top layers look better than bottom layers.  They're long soft layers, there are many of them but they blend in with each other smoothly.  The layers are good for someone like me who doesn't like to have my hair put up but has a round face that's aging at that too.  I've got my left side part back and I like to part the bangs at the parting.  Instant facial rejuvenator and much cheaper (probably safer as well) than a face lift.  The bangs will look good longer too.

The hairdresser chopped off the length of my thumb from the bottom of my hair which is about the growth from October.  It's still below shoulder length so I'm happy. 

Both the hairdresser and I agree that the ideal length is a bit longer than she cut it but there was some issues with the bottom I insisted she even off so that I only need to maintain top layers and bangs but don't need too much shaping at the bottom aside from mini trims.  She fully agrees with this and doesn't want me to ever go as short as she's seen me in the past with various bobs. Smiley 

If I should regret this cut which I can't imagine I will now that I've seen what it can do for the appearance of my face she says it'll look just as good all grown out with just maintenance trims to the tips.  This would only become an issue when I'm short on money or if she thinks of an even better way for me to grow the back length of my hair longer and still keep some shaping layers in the top and bangs.

I like this lady.  She's a bit more gutsy and honest than her colleagues who've cut me in the past.  I love the movement, volume, lightness without appearing thinned, my hair actually looks fuller.  I can style it but if you know me, I only do this a couple of times just to prove to myself that I can.  We don't agree on the need for daily styling which she claims is the most important part with my hair coarse, straight hair texture but I know I'll look just fine wash & go.  I've never known a hairdresser who advocates wash and go "styling". Roll Eyes

Yesterday evening while I still had enough hair gunk in my hair to make my cut bigger than the state of Texas and hurricane proof as well, I used large (don't have jumbo sized) velcro rollers at the crown and bangs.  After blow frying, I grabbed the round brush that's also too small in diameter and lifted the bouffant even further, making teasing nearly unnecessary so I only pushed the layers underneath a bit, then rolled the ends the other way to create a flip.  Voila; a pretty good trial of what a bouffant with flip could look like. 

Today I washed, washed, conditioned, deep conditioned, applied leave-in as usual, only dried my hair with the blow dryer lightly until it was still slightly damp with my head down, then lifted the roots a little with the round brush and blew with cold air at a distance to lift a bit.  Waited for everything to dry completely then smoothed it out.  I just wanted to prove to myself that I can wield a hairdryer as well as the next hairdresser.

I don't need a curling iron, straightener or hot rolls.  I need therapy for my need to prove myself! 

For special occassions I think the travel sized mousse and hairspray my mom bought me is enough.  I won't use it daily or even regularly so I see no need to splurge out on styling products which I've just thrown a load away of because I hadn't used it in over a year.  My scalp won't be happy either if I style my hair regularly.



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Hair - Wash, 1 min repair conditioner, air dry.  Hair looks and feels good.  I haven't combed it again and again through the day like I usually do.  I've not been adjusting and re-adjusting a ponytail to finally give up on it.  For now this really seems to work because my cut flatters me without any hassle and I'm not even itching my scalp.  Getting my hair lifted a bit off my scalp seems to have helped.

Blah - Alone with the boys.  Tidying up after the present extravaganza yesterday. Wink  Got a bunch of presents to wrap for my dad because he won't have time to do it himself if he gets himself here at all the day after tomorrow.

Might've messed up on the duck.  Was supposed to have taken it out of the freezer and placed it in the fridge yesterday, didn't remember until evening.  Panicked and set it on the kitchen table overnight.  Might've thawed a bit too fast but it's not completely thawed and I put it in the fridge in the morning so I hope it'll be okay and safe to eat after three hours in the oven tomorrow. 

I also messed up and placed the duck in a deep plate which I set directly on the wood top kitchen table which hub had just sanded off and oiled.  I can't reach the wood oil in the shed so I've liberally been dousing the damaged area with a ring with olive oil. Cry  I was just overtired yesterday because I'd shovelled snow for two hours and been alone with the boys all day. 

I placed the pork roast in the fridge last evening so I hope that'll have enough time to thaw.  I don't know what the hell's wrong with my head.  Well, we've had a lot to worry about.  I'm not half as organized for Christmas Eve as I usually am.
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Update - Apparently it's called roast pork with the rind on in the U.S.  I'm not doing the super slow roasting that takes 5 hours.  It'll just be a medium slow roast 2½-3 hrs.  I intend to make the duck at the same time now.  I've read enough online descriptions to make them at the same time but not as fast and at as high temperatures as is recommended. 

I'm one rack short so I may have to place the duck on top of half potatos, onions, apples and prunes.  The duck will also be stuffed with apples and prunes. 

This is starting to fill a lot in my head and I've had two panics in one hour where hub has been shoved out of the door and back to the grocery stores for stuff I've forgot that I need tomorrow.  If we eat around 6pm at the latest- 7pm if everything goes wrong, I'll probably start in the kitchen around 1pm. 

I need a pot for potatos, one for the duck broth, and two sauce pans for the two types of gravy plus I need to be able to heat the shredded/pickled red cabbage which I bought in a plastic bucket to save me time.  I couldn't even afford to buy it ready made on glass. Embarrassed and while the two roasts rest on the dining table with everything else, that should free up one stove element to prepare the browned/sugared potatos on.  I'm using potatos from glass to save me time and to make sure they're perfectly smooth so the coating will be even.  Did I leave a free element for the regular white potatos?! Huh 

Okay, I prepare the potatos in the morning, then re-heat them in the after heat when I turn the oven off after preparing the roasts! Smiley

Please tell me this is a working plan! Shocked
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Reply #202 - Dec 23rd, 2009 at 12:46pm
 
My goodness!  Sounds like an excellent feast, even if you forget something.  It seems like every Christmas/Thanksgiving/Easter feast I had with my step-mom during my childhood, something got forgotten in the fridge, but no one ever noticed!  I'm sure everything will go well.  Smiley
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Drear wrote on Dec 22nd, 2009 at 9:00am:
I know she's concerned for her son but dammit she needs to let her kids who are all in their 40s grow up! Angry


Heh...  I hate to tell you... My husband just turned 49 and his mother, who is soon to turn 69 herself, sometimes STILL treats both her sons as if they were 6.   Roll Eyes  She doesn't mean to insult their intelligence but often comes off seeming that way.  Some mothers just can't seem to let go of the concept that their children are no longer that.  *hugs*  Hang in there, dear!   Cool
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MichelleR wrote on Dec 23rd, 2009 at 12:46pm:
My goodness!  Sounds like an excellent feast, even if you forget something.  It seems like every Christmas/Thanksgiving/Easter feast I had with my step-mom during my childhood, something got forgotten in the fridge, but no one ever noticed!  I'm sure everything will go well.  Smiley


I agree!  It took me many years to figure out that "perfection" has no place at holiday gatherings.  It's impossible to achieve and striving for it drives normally sane women to the brink of a breakdown.  Who cares what anyone else thinks?  If you're happy then everybody else needs to shut the he$$ up.   Cool
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Heh...  I hate to tell you... My husband just turned 49 and his mother, who is soon to turn 69 herself, sometimes STILL treats both her sons as if they were 6.     She doesn't mean to insult their intelligence but often comes off seeming that way.  Some mothers just can't seem to let go of the concept that their children are no longer that.  *hugs*  Hang in there, dear! 


I have to co sign on that.  My father treats me the same way.  It angers my husband but I find it amusing. Roll Eyes

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Thank you all for your trust in me.  Thanks LD.  33...on the 22nd.  Trisha, it's actually a relief to know that other mature women (which I sometimes consider myself) notice these things with their MIL too. 

Christmas - Well over and a success.

Meal - Well over, a success but I'm not following someone else's recipe again.  My way is better!  I'll improve the gravy slightly tomorrow; I'll do it my way!

Dad - He and his girlfriend landed safely.  Nearly missed flight out of LA because flight out of SF was late.  Had a miserable experience in Heathrow, London, finally got tough, moved some chain posts and made a run for the gate!  Thank goodness or they would've missed the final flight to Kastrup, CPH, Denmark.  Because it's Christmas here they only found a couple of day old sandwiches in a 7-11.  Their luggage is lost but if it's found it'll be sent directly to my address.  They'll drive over here tomorrow.  They've promised snow storm and the rental car doesn't have winter tires on.  I couldn't stress the importance of that enough to my dad to make him insist on winter tires even at an extra cost.

Presents - Boys got toys, hub got some photo and film display frame from my mother,  home baked goodies from the oldest one.  I got home made sweets from the oldest son and skirt, top, cardigan and a 15 nailpolish pack from mom.  Hub and I decided we'd had so many extra expenses we didn't want to buy each other presents and I'm glad we both stuck to it. 

So we're celebrating Christmas again tomorrow.  Minus the kitchen stress.  Just new potatos, vegetables (okay, potatos are vegetables too, gravy and desser which is cooled of rice pudding with whipped cream stirred into the rice pudding, vanilla, sugar, peeled and chopped almonds served cold with warm cherry sauce.  I'm heating up ready made cherry sauce. 

Pork bellies turned out nearly fine except one end where I accidentally spilled some grease on from something else so that end wasn't dry enough to pop and turn crisp on the spilt part.  But we don't really eat it, I just wanted to demonstrate it to dad's girlfriend (dad doesn't eat red and white meat) so I quickly wrapped the good ones in kitchen towel and foil so they just need to be heated on high heat in the oven to keep them crisp.  Well, it's worked in the past.  Keep an eye on them!  Some people get them perfectly crisp while they're on the roast.  You have to cut them off the roast afterwards anyway so many people give the pork bellies a short blast under the grill.   

I'm tired!  It's past midnight and I've just finished the third dishwasher load. 

I look forward to reading about everyone else's Christmas. Smiley

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Reply #207 - Dec 24th, 2009 at 6:31pm
 
MichelleR wrote on Dec 23rd, 2009 at 12:46pm:
My goodness!  Sounds like an excellent feast, even if you forget something.  It seems like every Christmas/Thanksgiving/Easter feast I had with my step-mom during my childhood, something got forgotten in the fridge, but no one ever noticed!  I'm sure everything will go well.  Smiley


I didn't forget anything and we still don't have enough room in the fridge or freezer even after having eaten much of both roasts.  Luckily for me, we still have snow so I placed a bunch of stuff out there.  Never had a problem with that.

Unlike the year we celebrated my birthday and Christmas up at Arnold and a racoon ate my birthday cake!

English r's - Why didn't anyone ever tell me that they're pronounced from the front of the mouth right behind the teeth near the alveolar ridge (sp?) and not from the middle of the tongue towards the roof of the mouth like Danish r's?!  Even my dad just used to make fun of me and that's when I became aware I was mispronouncing them but no one ever tried to help me.  I even asked but I suppose that's impossible for most natives to explain.  Most native English speakers probably aren't even conscious of it. 

Like some people with a speech impediment among native English speakers and some Asians, that erh...whatever under the tongue is too short for me to mechanically get the pronounciation of rolling r's correct. 

Well, I'm working on trying to remember to at least attempt to pronounce the rolling r's at the front and take my time.  I'll probably both look and sound stupid.  I just don't like the idea of getting a snip under my tongue.   
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Reply #208 - Jan 13th, 2010 at 1:56am
 
Hair - The cut is really growing on me and I like the way it's growing in to place.  The layers don't affect what I do with my hair and they aren't very obvious but the effect is big on how my hair appears and how the long side bangs flatter my face.

Dad came and went.  the 25th was really nice.  I wasn't sorry that they couldn't get their rental car the way the weather was.  They took the train, hub picked them up and drove them to and from the hotel every day they were here before they went back to Copenhagen and spent a few more days there before flying back to the U.S.

Their luggage didn't get here until the 27th at 10pm at our address but hub had to drive down to the main road to pick up their bags because the lady couldn't drive closer to our house.

Apparently their flight out of O'Hara in Chicago got cancelled and they panicked for a while but managed to get on another flight, just to find that their luggage didn't arrive back with them in SF. Roll Eyes  Luckily it was on another flight.  They flew back on the 1st of January so if you've been keeping up with the news, you probably know that there were extra checks and new rules to stress them as well.

After all the stress and being tired from driving from SF to Lodi, my dad who was overexhausted slipped from one end of his tub to the other, fell out, hit his head against the sink cabinet.  He's fine though but he'd also fallen twice in a supermarket in Lodi before flying over to us and had a bad knee and ankle while he was here so I'm a little worried about this 6'4"ft man falling again.

We only got to see my dad for three evenings after not having seen him for five years.  Strange...

Weather - It's still miserable, causing problems all over the country, I guess it's the same in other European countries and all the way over to Texas in the U.S. 

I've been busy filling out forms about my observations regarding the youngest one's disability and asthma.  I don't usually observe him, I live with him and make it work! 

Yesterday we experienced psychological terror at the blood test lab at a hospital where we'd gone for asthma check on the youngest one and to talk about the middle one's possible hidden asthma.  The middle one needed to have an allergy blood test done.  You take a number, sit and wait, they have some prioritizing system that's top secret so there's no logical order in which numbers are called up.  They lost control of the situation at the lab, the computer system wasn't working right, they were arrogant and rude and people were confused and it was miserable sitting there on the type of chairs they have in those places with the boys and I don't know how the elderly felt.  The attitude of the nurses and their in-arguments was the worst. 

We took the boys to Burger King to thank them for being so patient in the waiting room though the youngest one nearly came unglued towards the end.  I nearly did too.  I wanted to lie on the floor and kick around too. Grin

We're getting a new dishwasher today. Smiley  The old one went with a *Poof!* and a small flame Saturday evening.  Luckily I'm of an older generation and remember how to do dishes by hand. Wink  Dishwashers only became common towards the end of the 1980s in many Danish homes.  I've seen American pictures of dishwashers from the 1950s.  Apparently some of my high school classmates never tried washing up by hand.  I had to teach some of them how to do dishes by hand in food science in 1994.
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Man, you've been busy!  Hope your dad is ok and the boys test results are what you hope for!
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Thanks curlgirl.  I can't even bear to think of hub's health right now.  He seems to be doing okay.  I haven't asked too many questions.  I know that's selfish but I'm not expert.  I tend to worry too much, can't keep my concerns to myself and end up blowing things out of proportion and worry others more than needed. 

The soles of hub's winter boots were a "Monday edition".  The rubber simply "burnt" away for lack of better wording.  They were a 2000 model of the good brand ECCO and we bought new Ecco boots for him again because it's still our favorite footwear brand, they were just unfortunate with the soles of some winter boots in 2000. 

Funny how we tend to pick things that had faults some particular years.  Like our dishwasher 1999-2005 an we bought it in 2000. Roll Eyes
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Drear wrote on Jan 13th, 2010 at 1:56am:
...Apparently some of my high school classmates never tried washing up by hand.  I had to teach some of them how to do dishes by hand in food science in 1994.


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Reply #212 - Jan 14th, 2010 at 10:28pm
 
Great goodness! That doctor's visit sounded awful. Why do they bother doing that weird ordering? Here in the US, when I go in to do blood work, they just go straight down the sign-up list.

Hubby and I did all our dishes by hand until we moved into our current apartment two or three years back. Even now, we still do all of our pots by hand. Dishes aren't that different!

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Reply #213 - Jan 15th, 2010 at 5:10am
 
People doing washing up by hand in 2010?!  That's truly shocking! Wink

I don't own anything that can't go in the dishwasher and I've even been guilty of placing wooden utensils in the dishwasher when I was younger. Embarrassed  "You" live and learn...

At all the other hospitals we've been to, it goes by number, so you take a number and you know that you'll be called in, in a logical chronological order.  I've never had to wait more than 15 minutes at any other hospital. 

Hair - I've been washing my bangs every evening.  I can't wait for them to grow longer so they fall to the side more naturally but they do flatter my face.  I'm not sure I care for the Diamond Shine Nivea shampoo and conditioner I'm using now.  It's neither doing this nor that. 

Disability diagnosis change - I lost a note I wrote on my youngest son's diagnosis which a psychologist informed me had been changed, over the phone.  It's the same boy, same disability but the diagnosis is called something different now and I don't mind because it actually defines the disability correctly and doesn't need changing as his disability might change in the spectrum as he grows older.  Well, it's a neurological spectrum disorder of some sort.  I'm pretty sure it's neurological developmental disorder.  That's what we call it here.  Before it was called psycho-motoric retardation in Denmark.   That was sort of a "whatever..." diagnosis term.
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Reply #214 - Jan 17th, 2010 at 11:05am
 
Hair - Keep forgetting to VR.  Did deep condition.  I prefer my hair on Sundays but I need to remember the VR to keep my scalp feeling good.  Moved the part further to the left.  I like the sweeping bangs to fall over more of my forehead these days.

Activities - What I like best about Mondays is that I can get back on our regular PC and off this laptop.  I'm becoming more used to it but I still don't like it all that much.  I've been listening to Coast-to-Coast radio interviews on youtube.  I haven't listened to much music this weekend which is highly unusual.  Haven't missed TV either.

Had an extra pork roast with rind and bones in the freezer taking up space. Roll Eyes  The rind wasn't even cut and I would never have bought one with the bones in it but this was a Christmas "gift" from the in-laws.  I love slow cooking but this isn't my idea of enjoyable slow cooking. 

We were supposed to have gone to see some lights being initiated on a tower this afternoon but I had to send hub alone and the boys didn't want to go.  I just didn't feel good about leaving the roast on its own.  There are also some steps in the roasting process I have to be home for.  The company hub works for donated the lights to the tower which is the highest unnatural point in Denmark from sea level.  The highest natural point is officially another spot not far from the tower but actually it's a property where a privatge farm sits.  I guess the owner doesn't want a lot of tourists parking on their property.

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Hair - Odd.  Hair's just fine today despite not having made any changes in shampoo/conditioner routine.  It's difficult to judge my hair when it's warm and dry inside, freezing outside and I'm always wearing a tightly fitting, fleece lined knit hat.  This style:http://4alpaca.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=101 ; I would've chosen something more colorful but it was a birthday present from my in-laws and they must've run out of them in the shops because I went around every where looking for that style. 

Blah - Been a bit down with some sinus and ear problems.  Haven't been getting enough sleep.  That's the only thing that's been different and that makes me so vulnerable to infections from experience so I went to bed at 8:30pm last evening.  Hub's stomach problems keep coming and going.  The boys are only slightly snotty. 

Laundry - What do you do when you've loaded the washer with everyone else's clothes just to find your favorite blacks and purples at the bottom of the laundry basket?  You unload the washer, stuff your own clothes in first, the what can fit in of everyone else's clothes! Tongue

Clothes - I thought everything was looking a bit unflattering in my wardrobe.  The year I lost weight, browns, greys, and ruddy wine reds were fashionable.  That's okay if you "belong to a warm season" but I'm a "winter".  Grey looks good on me though.  Along the way, mom and I have found various styles of tops in deep purple.  I've washed a ruddy wine red sweaters so often that it's nearly a clear, more red than purple, violet.  I'm sure that made sense. Wink

When I finish my laundry, I'll be in no shortage of blacks and purples.  I'm still craving other deep jewel tones of blue, green and red.  I find shopping for winter clothes so much more satisfying than shopping for summer clothes which is usually a compromise colorwise and regarding quality.
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Hair - Wash, wash, 1 min. conditioning treatment.  For some odd reason I don't really have a part in my hair today.  It's neither this nor that.  It doesn't really matter as long as I'm wearing my earflap knit hat when ever I'm out.

Doc - Going to have my ears checked.  Really painful Monday morning and a couple of times in the evening.  Felt like electrical shock.  Worst on right ear.  Yesterday I had some discomfort but only felt that shock pain once or twice.  Today my head feels a bit stuffy and there's a general discomfort at my ears but nothing as bad as it used to be pre-tonsil surgery. 

Snow - It's been icy on the roads, streets and trails but that won't be a problem today.  On one hand that's good, on the other I'm not all that happy about having snow blow around my face.  It's snowed for over a month now over different parts of the country.

Physical condition - I've gotta start watching what I eat if I can't get out and walk.  I don't use the mini stepper much because it's difficult to discipline myself when I can't see a goal ahead.  Fx. I know when I've finished walking this round about time for an hour, I'm done for the day.  If I can't do anything else, I usually pop some earphones on, go into the youngest one's room and dance or do strenghtening exercises for 15-30 mins.  I'm still my regular size in clothes, I'm just feeling sluggish and that's what's really bothering me. 

Once the weather changes and everyone gets out I'll have to put up with the "be careful you don't run so fast that you disappear!" comments. Roll Eyes  I know that even at my slimmest, I was in fact right in the middle of the weight range that's healthy for someone of my height and built.  The adult misses start at 34 over here.  Some add an adolescent/not quite adult size 32 on the lower end.  I was on the borderline of a 34/36 when I was slimmest.  I'm smack in the middle of a size 36 which is fine if you're at least 5'4"ft but I'm not.  This is of course not taking vanity sizing into consideration but I haven't had to grab a smaller size yet in any shops without losing weight so I don't think the problem is that big over here. 

I've always had good muscle tone which is another reason why I prefer walking or riding my bike rather than get on the mini stepper.  After a lazy month, I surprised myself at running down to the kindergarten and back again without running out of breath.  I think all the "dancing" is doing some good but it's not quite enough to beat that blah feeling.

Our youngest son has inherited my slim but bulky muscular built.  People who suddenly see him in shorts and t-shirt in the summer are always surprised that he isn't all skin and bone because he just appears very fragile when he's fully dressed.
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