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Friday, September 23, 2011

WHAT'S UP, Butter Cup!

There are several posts I've wanted to write up and publish, but finding the time - or should I say 'making the time' has been an issue lately. And, then I just decide to forget about it.

Partly, after the whole 'malware' issue that went on for about a week. What a crock. I mean, I understand Google watching out for us all but my blog was the martyr in this incident. [Wait, is that the term I'm looking for? Anyhow, I took the hit having caused no foul.]

You know though, I got the most hits in the week the day my site was back up. That was nice! ;-)

So, some updates:

I'm about to finish my writing course. Next week my synoptic outline and market research are due and I'm pretty much done with both - just need to review and type up and format. YAY! The second part of this final assignment is to submit the first 3 chapters of my WIP about six - eight weeks from now. I've got a big start on that seeing as the first three chapters and then some are already written - but, I did leave it by the wayside a few weeks ago in the middle of changing tenses. (School started, guitar lessons started, dance class started, then 4-H started and then Girl Scouts started, then CCD started - been bid-zy around here)

So, I'll be sending those off to Lis a/k/a Melissa Luznicky Garrett since she has not only completed the course but has two books out in publication! YAY! Pending her approval, I might consider a few other authors I know for a beta group. But, that is getting way ahead of myself since I still have probably another 50 - 60 thousand words to go. :-P

Fingers crossed, Lis gives me a good review/feedback/editing tips and then my instructor RAVES about it and then I am on my way with all of that.

Update #2: Lil'Gal.

This really deserves a post of its own considering the on going story of her urinary issues. I will come back and write a post of its own about her current successes and what we are still dealing with because I know having it out there is beneficial to other parents with children going through this type and similar issues.

In short, she had her uro again (where she fills her bladder, they measure the amount, she expels her bladder, they measure the residual). Before we began therapy (which is incredible how it works) with a full bladder of 320+ccs she had 140ccs residual. The average person should have 5 - 10ccs residual. So, Not Good. And, she had 'a lot of activity'. There isn't supposed to be 'a lot of activity' going on when you go. Only when you are trying not to go. Therapy is part of retraining the pelvic floor.

The good news:

As of a week ago she had 56 residual out of 327ccs, showing great improvement. Unfortunately, it still isn't enough. They put her on a new med but I post-poned starting that because in the middle of all this she developed - yet another - UTI. Overall, we are making improvements - it is amazing the way the body works. Truly. I'll share more in her update post.

Of course, Lil'Gal would die if she knew I was sharing all of this with you. She is at the age now that kids are very socially aware and having these issues is NOT. COOL. She requires me to be very cautious and behind the scenes about it (which I always have been; except within the sanctity of our own home and family). So this is another stress for us. Again, more to come.

Update #3: School and the library (ies)

School is better. We really struggled the first six weeks. Farmer, Jr. with his lack of focus having been used to ME running the academic show. Well, this year 'they' took my power away and I've had to be more hands off while watching him struggle. [It sux. It's a good thing. But, it sux.]

Lil'Gal expected the new, bigger school, to be a party. But with that size of a campus - it is very structured. And, as I've said before, most of her friends are in second grade so she doesn't get a lot of hang out time with them. BUT, extra-curricular activities and my being involved in the school have submerged us into the social situation.

LIBRARY: This also deserves and shall eventually get a post of its own. It is amazing what a wonderful experience it has been for me - in addition to Lil'Gal - by volunteering and assisting in the campus library for Lil'Gal and also Farmer, Jr. I have learned so much about the schools, about the programs, I've gotten to know the teachers. The library has been the inside scoop for me. I can't count how much I've learned that - having not had the opportunity to do so - I'd never know. Resources, etc. And, it is FUN! And, Lil'Gal loves me being there; as does Farmer, Jr. And, I get to know the students and the students get to know me. :-)

That's the short of the long of what's been going on in Farmer*sWife's world lately. Lil'Gal has her awards assembly today because SHE ROCKS her GRADES and I'm supposed to take her a delicious lunch made up of thousands of calories and transfats, ie: hamburger, fries and chocolate milk from Whataburger. It's her reward she earned from me for all her hard work and for all of her fantastic reading for AR.

After that, I'll probably spend the last few minutes in the library and then she, I, Diva and Les are heading to the homecoming game this evening. The girls are wearing their cheer leader outfits and they'll be sporting beautiful Mums too. Pics will come. ;-)

Don't worry. Farmer, Jr. isn't being left out. He's going dove hunting with Daddy, my BIL and my nephew. (Pending, of course, he does well on his spelling test today).

Happy FRIDAY! FWFD of the weeeeeeeeeek! Super Squeeeeeeeee!



Knight said...

Your life is wild this weekend!
Ugh, I'm really feeling for little gal today. UTI's are miserable and I get them all the time too thanks to a bad kidney infection several years ago. I can't imagine trying to deal with that as a kid in class.
Good luck to Farmer Jr. on the test!

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Knight, yeah. Not much of a weekend. Have to plan out my CCD lesson tomorrow and then an evening birthday party and then Sunday comes and goes. ;-) But, I'm blessed.

And, your probably vaguely remember my post a couple years back when Lil'Gal had the deflux injection because she had a level 4 urinary reflux (level 5 requires dialysis). So, I know you do know how uncomfortable it is. :-X

shoreacres said...

Good gosh. Malware and hackers and blacklists, oh, my! Glad you're up and running again. A gal I follow on Twitter got hacked last week and was sending cute messages to everyone without her knowledge. It happens.

Enjoyed reading about the library and how good that is for everyone. And dove hunting! That's good, too.

How, the drought in your area? Have you had rain enough for anything? We've had .81 inches in the past month. Grrrrrrrr.....
Thefts of hay bales are on the rise around here. Sure sign of trouble.

Have a good week - hope all goes well with your daughter!