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Worry [Aug. 25th, 2011|09:39 pm]
Kay J.
This has to be one of the hardest parts about not living near my family. As I write this, they are preparing to meet Irene head on, should she stay on her current course. At this point, I'm not sure she's going to sway enough to miss them.

It's a very difficult decision to flee one's home. We did it one time before, when Hurricane Gloria hit back in '84, I think. I was in the 7th grade and my dad owned a bunch of horses. We evacuated all of the horses to the Horse complex in Raleigh. I remember because we spent the night in a horse stall near the horse. I thought it was the most excellent thing ever! Luckily there wasn't a lot of flooding, and we were able to get back home (about three hours) easily.

I've called today and begged the family to please evacuate, and they've said no. It ruins me to think they're going to be there, but alas, I've done all I can do. I keep telling myself that if we lived in Raleigh, they would have already take over my house by now.

Here's the best part: if given the opportunity, I'd leave RIGHT NOW and go ride it out with them! It's twisted to the core, but it's the way I feel.

All I can keep think about is the old deck hand in "Master and Commander: Far Side of the World." He was a salty old character that has the letters spelling HOLD FAST one each finger. I keep thinking that for my family in NC.

Hold Fast loved ones.
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Parenting Pride [Jun. 10th, 2011|09:32 am]
Kay J.
It's easier to point you to the link. I had a very proud parenting moment.
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Of Games and Play [May. 26th, 2011|02:02 pm]
Kay J.
I posted about Eli and his active imagination. Check it out.
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Things [May. 17th, 2011|09:44 am]
Kay J.
It's been a while since I had a second to just be. I need to get some thoughts out. Here goes:

1. Last weekend was the 5th birthday party in as many weekends that Eli was invited to, and we attended. It's hard to say no to these, when Eli enjoys them so much. I've resorted to getting every child Hungry Hungry Hippos, and that also results in over $100 spent on birthday gifts for other kids... something we had not originally budgeted for. Wow. Amazing to think how that adds up. While the birthday parties are a hit for Eli, for us, it means getting the gift, make sure Eli gets there, and just a bit more stress. At some point, I'll learn to say no to parties. For now, we go along with it.

2. I've been playing my drums weekly with a group of Jay' co workers. While I enjoy playing, the song selection and the overall vibe with the group is lacking. They all want so badly to be serious about their music, and I just want to play, have some banter with my band mates, and explore more songs. I'm on the fence on as to continue with this group, or look for something else. I'd LOVE to find a all female group, that had the goal of playing on a semi regular basis.

3. The allergy season is in full swing, and luckily, my daily doses of claritin are helping me get through it. I've gone to every other day doses now, as that medicine just makes me tired.

4. Big drama at work. I created it myself. I need to do a separate post for this but the short of it - Managers want us to create teaching/learning videos with our faces introducing the topic and us showing how-to steps. While I have no issue with doing video work, voice work, etc, I do not want my face on a video. I expressed my concern (several times) to my manager, and she seemed to think it was cute. It finally came to me being so frustrated, that in a private, last-ditch attempt to pleade my case, I burst into tears. When I get so frustrated that I feel I can't get my point across, I cry. Call it a weakness if you want, but it's what happens for me. It was only when I explained to my boss that I was considering finding other work, that she *got* it that I was serious about not wanting to be on video. Alas, it's all worked out, but this happening has shown me that I've got some underlying issue that I need to dig into. This worries me that I let something manfest in this way, but I now know I've got some work to do.

5. Weight loss has stalled, but that's partly my fault as well. I know what's up and I've been working to correct it. Feeling stronger this week, and I'm not sure why. I've found that I can go for about six weeks at either a stall or a gain, and then wham, drop five-six pounds. Let's see if that continues.
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Ladies, Get it Done! [Apr. 7th, 2011|10:36 am]
Kay J.
I had my first mammogram. I did a post about it.
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Feelings [Mar. 30th, 2011|01:19 pm]
Kay J.
Eli has been sick. Stomach bugs are not at all uncommon, and Eli's certainly brought his share of them home from day care. The way it usually works is that he pukes for about 18 hours (not constant of course) but then gets to feeling better, hold down water and crackers, and in about three days, he returns to school.

That's until Monday morning. At 2:30am he comes into our room and announces that his tummy is hurting. I check him to make sure he hasn't yet vomited, and I lead him into the bathroom, where he then begins to vomit. I told him (with urgency) to hold his head over the commode. He does and then proceeds to continue vomiting. I had not had the chance to lift the lid of the commode, so now there's puke all over the lid. As he is continuing to vomit, I have not choice but to lift the lid, so the rest goes into the toilet. So, lots to clean.

So, we spend the rest of Monday watching as Eli dry heaves and plays rag- doll well into the evening. Monday night was uneventful, and Tuesday, Eli wakes asking for water. We begin giving him sips, and 30 mins later, he pukes it all up. Well, the day goes much better, as his energy is returning, and he begins to keep sips of water down. We even did three crackers on Tues night, unevenfully. Jay and I are thinking Eli's on the mend, and by Wed afternoon, he'll be back to his old self.

Nope.

Wednesday morning, Eli's drinking water, and says he's still sick. I play along, as he often thinks he sick well after he gets better. Eli then proceeds to puke up all of the water, and every sip after that. There was even some blood. Okay, we've seen enough, and Jay takes him to the Dr. Dr. says it's a virus, and it has to run it's course. They checked him for various ailments (including strep) and all came back negative. Eli now has medicine for nausea, and is resting at home with Jay.

So, what are the feelings? First, it is the most horrible thing to watch your child be sick and know there is not one thing you could do. If given the chance, you'd take their place in a second. Next, I had to be at work today. Webinars beckon. Jay is more than capable of handling Eli, his ailment, puking, a raging tiger and a pissed off old woman and more by his lonesome. Yet, I'm filled with guilt that he is. Why is that? I know it's conjured up in my mind, but why do I impose this on myself?

Oh well, Eli will mend and all will be better soon.
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Old Friends and New Ones [Mar. 3rd, 2011|02:13 pm]
Kay J.
I did it again. Another blog post. Check it out: http://www.jaykayandeli.net/?p=992
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What Gets You Going? [Mar. 1st, 2011|09:39 am]
Kay J.
What music gets you moving? http://www.jaykayandeli.net/?p=990
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To Help or Not to Help [Feb. 22nd, 2011|10:34 am]
Kay J.
I posted on my blog.
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Just like riding a bike, right? [Jan. 24th, 2011|02:45 pm]
Kay J.
I did my first ever spin class this week. I wrote more about it in my blog.
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