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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
These were amazing works of art that resulted from hours of dedicated building.
Once you completed the scavenger hunt, you were awarded a poster with fun information about American history with a Lego twist here and there.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Thursday, August 25, 2016
This time I received the 3-in-1 SuperTab Section Folders and the Organized Up Vertical Expanding Files.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
And its free. Can't get better than that... okay it could if there weren't long lines. But let's face it, every Lego event has them. A line all the way to the back of the store. And yes, my kids do have complaints about standing still and waiting their turn. But they enjoy taking home Lego pieces or building there if that's the case. So if you are looking for something fun, maybe taking the kiddos to the Toys R Us nearest you is worth the trip. If you have a partner with you, one can stand in line with one kid while the other takes another child around the toy aisles and then swap out. Just an idea if you have more than one. Just go here to find out more!
Thursday, August 18, 2016
In today's economy and with the clamor to have oil control, gas prices are driving people to find cars that are able to go without gas. Tesla is one company creating such. They took it a step further and sought to make cars that can also drive themselves. For the self-driving cars, reasons to want them vary. They could be safer than human drivers. The car won't fall asleep at the wheel. Everything is scientific. It is believed they could be less prone to errors in calculations. A car won't be drinking while it drives. But are they really safer? This recent accident will be investigated. And I'm sure that there will be regulations and maybe laws made as to what is acceptable. But is this where we want the future to really go? What do you think about a car that can take you places while you take a nap or make a phone call?
"BMW said the goal of the new collaboration was to develop cars that would eventually allow them to take their eyes off the road." (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/01/tesla-driver-killed-autopilot-self-driving-car-harry-potter) Why is our importance to create technology that takes our focus away from the road? I get that it allows us to. Things happen. Can't tell you how many times my kids have made choking noises in the backseat or that a spider has made its appearance near me and I've just about crashed.
On the flip side, having computer-based programs in cars adds to the dangers. These fancy cars run the risk of being hacked. OnStar-equipped vehicles can be stopped by OnStar with just a phone call from the police department. Or even my van - a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country - glitched and caused my accelerator to stop functioning properly. It is a computer-based function. If something like that can't be trusted, how much less these high tech vehicles?
Sunday, August 7, 2016
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Thursday, August 4, 2016
I know only too well the hardships they face doing the simple things in life. Everyday is a process. Pushing myself to keep going. Striving to get things done. Being pregnant has not made this easier. I've sought help from several doctors in the past several months. My OB-GYN, a chiropractor that specializes in pregnant women, and then back to my spinal specialist today. All three have told me, in not so many words, "There is nothing I can do to help." The spine specialist - the one whose practice revolves around back problems - gave me the final straw today. I already knew I had a double curve scoliosis. I already knew that the bones showed signs of early arthritis. That was a byproduct of the spinal fusions. If my research is correct, the proper term is spinal osteoarthritis. Towards the end of last year, I was informed that I had a slipped disc in the lowest part of the spine. This caused pressure on the surrounding nerves.
Today, I was told that 2 other discs are degenerating. Degenerative discs are when the discs in the spine are under pressure and begin to "dissolve". I know it runs in the family as my aunt had to have a rod put in to support her lower spine. Ultimately, once I have the baby and if pain persists afterwards, he wants to try laser surgery to remove what is causing the pinching of the nerves. If that doesn't do enough, he will move to the more invasive insertion of rods in the lower spine. Either of those should diffuse the pain and take away the numbness I've been having lately. As for my neck...
I'm tired of the life that means telling my kids, "Mommy can't right now." I'm tired of not wanting to socialize because I don't like those pitying looks or "poor you" comments. I'm tired of seeking answers and coming to dead ends. Of wanting relief and finding only more pain. I've tried the Epsom salt baths. Unfortunately, I can no longer sit in a bath as it hurts too much. I've tried the heating pad and ice pack revolutions. I get relief. But only as long as I keep it there. I move or stop it, the relief ends. I take Ibuprofen daily. At this rate, I'm worried I might end up with liver damage. Or would it be the kidneys... I stretch, walk, alternate sitting with standing. But some days, it doesn't matter what I'm doing. The pain persists. Even laying down to sleep hurts. Reclining has become the one way I find a touch more comfort. I combine that with an ice pack when I'm at home. I haven't figured out how to control the numbness or the loss of muscle control in my legs yet. Climbing the stairs is a workout that used to be a breeze, but now makes me feel old.
For all of you out there who have back problems - I feel your pain. I understand every ache. I know what you go through daily. It doesn't get easier unless you take drugs or have surgery. No. It gets worse. Every day it gets harder to roll off the bed. To stand and wash those dishes. To kneel and bathe your kids. To lift that bag of groceries. To sit at a computer for 8 hours. To smile at those you pass and pretend you are okay. But we can't stop. As much as I want to give up or as often as I question, "Why me?" I have to remember that I'm needed no matter what. I have to keep trying and be patient. As my fiance reminds me, we have to wait on God and His timing. Its hard. Very very hard. I'm usually very patient. More so than most. But I do struggle daily.This is one wait that I have to fight not to take the wheel.
Keep on trying. Don't give up. Answers will come. Whether they are what what you want to hear.... that remains to be seen,