Finding the positive this weekend

I noticed that around Thanksgiving (well, the entire month of November), a lot of friends were posting daily things on Facebook that they were thankful for. Quite a few bloggers were blogging the same. I had so much going on, that it wasn’t something I could keep up with. But I am thankful, even though I definitely have moments when I feel sorry for myself.

Friday was a mopey day for me. We had 5 days with J before he had to head back out of state. He’s attending Navy training and won’t be back until March. We can go visit him, but it’s a long drive or expensive flight. Either way, I have to save money before going, or it’s not going to happen. After he left, nothing got accomplished. I do think part of that was because I ran out of coffee. I’m such a caffeine addict!

Then Saturday morning, I woke up, shook off the funk, showered, dressed, got Jeremiah up, and headed to the car to run errands (uhmmmmm….buy coffee). And my car didn’t start. Let the stress begin. I found a random stranger in our parking lot who had cables and was willing to jump my car, which he did. Turns out my battery was bad, so I had to pay for a new one.

This morning, Baby J woke up at 5am with a cough and low fever that hasn’t gone down. I hate seeing my little one sick.

But you know what? My life really isn’t all that bad. So J’s gone for work…I’m thankful he has a job. I’m thankful he’s not deployed, so we actually have Skype and can “see” him daily. I’m thankful I have a car. I’m thankful it was an “easy” fix, and really not that expensive. And although Baby J’s sick, he’s not that sick. He’s not sobbing, and he’s eating fine, just a little clingy. Everything’s going to be okay. Whenever I start to throw a pity party, I try to remind myself that there are so many people worse off- people without jobs, people whose loved ones are seriously ill, people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and on the list goes. I am blessed.

It may not be November, but I’m still thankful.

So now, on a more practical note, what are your tips for keeping your toddler happy when he/she isn’t feeling well?

Don’t have a toddler? What are you thankful for?

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A party at Disney, lots of driving, and happy last-minute travel decisions

I ended up bringing my son with me to Florida, along with my mother in law. We’re staying at a hotel, and my MIL is watching Baby J while I’m working. I’m blessed it was able to work out this way, that I wouldn’t be away from him for two weeks. Baby J did a fabulous job on the drive down here. Yes, he’s getting older, but he still tends to fuss/cry/scream in the car when he’s in it longer than a couple of hours. Other than some whining here or there, he gave us no real drama!

I’ve been busy working, and when I’m not working, I’m spending time with Baby J and my MIL. So that’s why I haven’t really put up any new posts, other than giveaways. Today we were able to spend some time relaxing, but tomorrow I’m driving down south to a city near Miami, so it’ll be a looooong day.

Yesterday evening we went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World. It’s an event that I used to attend myself, and I’m thrilled I was able to introduce it to Baby J. I’ll write a post about it soon, giving some tips on how to attend with a toddler.

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!


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I despise DTS and update on my upcoming travels

If you know what the Defense Travel System is, you’re military or a DOD employee. There’s also a 99.9% chance that you share my feelings toward DTS. In the near future, I’ll be traveling to complete two weeks of annual training for my Army Reserve unit. Before I leave, I have to fill out online forms regarding the trip and then wait for the forms to be approved. I’ve spent almost all of today and a fair amount of yesterday trying to input information. The system is completely counterintuitive, but the worst part is that it takes two or three minutes for every single page to load. Every so often, I get kicked off and have to log back in. That alone takes at least five minutes each time. If the forms don’t get kicked back to me for any changes, it should be approved soon. Then some of this weight on my shoulders will lift!

I had been dreading these two weeks, because I’ve never been away from Baby J longer than a night (once). I know; it’s just two weeks. I also realize that plenty of dual-military couples do this, but that’s exactly why I’m not planning on staying in. I’m not willing to be away from my son and any future children, especially when their father is underway or deployed. By the way, my opinion is not a negative commentary on dual-military couples. I’m not judging you at all! We all have different circumstances and needs.

Anyway, I’m at the point that I’m looking forward to leaving, even though that means being away from Baby J. The sooner I’m gone; the sooner I can do my job; and then the sooner I can get home.

I plan to keep up with reviews while I’m gone. I’ll have most evenings off as well as Internet access. Since I won’t have toddler distractions or have to worry about housework, etc., maybe I can even get ahead! Obviously, I’m taking my laptop with, as well as a few review products. There are several that I’m ready to write-up right now; I just need the time.

So that’s what’s up with me right now. As soon as I get off here, I need to tackle some laundry, packing, leaving emergency numbers for my MIL, etc.

How is your week?
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