Friday, March 09, 2007

In weeks like this, the diet gets thrown out the window

Forget having "one of those days"...try "one of those weeks." I'm really hoping that it doesn't turn into "one of those months" because I might just keel over and die.

Life is crazy, in a nutshell. We've had violin competitions, parent-teacher conferences, doctor appointments in order to receive dreaded shots, sick babies (well, just one baby, but everyone else has coldsores, including me), concerts, and who knows what else.

Take today, for instance: The house is a wreck because a) I haven't been home due to all the running around and b) when I am home the baby won't let me put her down because she is sick and cranky. So, instead of getting normal stuff done, I end up sitting at the computer feeding or rocking her, or just plain keeping her happy because she is in my lap. This morning as soon as I finally got her to bed I went to work on the kitchen, and then my neighbor knocked on the door. She'd seen me the day before and perceived that all was not right in my world and was just checking to see if I was okay. I am, just harried and stressed and not feeling so hot myself.

Then, I vacuumed, got some laundry in (but not folded...just added to the mountain of clean laundry) and then I decided to take Chloe and Sophia for a walk since it was such a beautiful day. Got them loaded in the stroller, along with the music for the song I'll be singing in church on Sunday. We walked over to the home of the girl who will accompany me to give it to her. I chatted for a second and as soon as she closed her front door I had a horrible thought. This is parent-teacher conference week and school is out an hour early! I was already a half-hour late picking her up.

I quickly realized that it would take me longer to go home and get the car than it would to just go straight to the school, so I ran. Got a call from the secretary as I was running. At least Bria was okay, just a little worried that I hadn't gotten there yet. I felt awful. And to add to the already not so great day, I have exercise induced asthma, so I gave myself an attack and I was without my inhaler. At this moment I have developed a nice cough and I am seriously wondering if I'll be able to sing Sunday at all. Sigh.

Joel hasn't been home much what with his own parent-teacher conferences and every other commitment he has in his life. He came home for dinner tonight and I hadn't had a chance to do anything with the baby screaming and helping Bria with her homework. So we went to Sonic. We tried to go to Wendy's but they were remodeling their drive-thru and we didn't have time to go in. Yes, I said remodeling their drive-thru.

And so it goes. Kids are all bathed and asleep now, the house is a little bit cleaner, and I have great plans to watch Letterman and fold some of the laundry that has overtaken my hallway.

But, there is a bright spot in all the stress. My new digital SLR camera arrived yesterday. I am finally entering the world of digital photography and leaving film behind. I got the digital version of the film camera I already have so my lenses are interchangeable. I wonder if I will use my last roll of film.

Here are some of my first attempts. I'm still getting to know the camera, but I'm happy enough with what I was able to do so far. (And yes, all my kids have coldsores...I think I mentioned that, but now you can see for yourselves.)

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. We are so proud of our little granddaughters, they are so precious cold sores and more! I love them so much! Can't wait to see them!

  2. Sounds like you've been kept on the run. Time for relaxing over the weekend!
    {Lara} in South Africa

  3. Congrats on your new camera! I'm more than a little jealous!!!

    Sorry you've had a rough week. Some weeks are like that!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery so you can sing on Sunday!

  4. Some days are diamonds.....
    some days are pieces of poop. :)
    Sing it with me....

    at least you have new chipboard to keep you company. :)

  5. What kind of camera did you get, Lara? I'm looking at SLR's. The pictures look great already!

    Feel better soon. I can't imagine what asthma must feel like!

  6. Rachel:

    I bought the Canon EOS digital Rebel XTi (400d). I have an EOS film Rebel, so my lenses are interchangeable with the Canons. I only bought the body, so I got it for a fairly good price from an eBay store. It's a great camera, I'm excited to find time to do more with it.

    I've also heard great things about the Nikon d50 and d80 (or is it d70?)

  7. Lucky! Consider me jealous! I'm looking at the Nikon d50, but it's going to be a while!