All This In One Week?

— 1 —

I used to make jokes about a family member having conversations with goats. I take it all back.  I’ve been at home all day every day for over a year now, and I talk to me dogs. I don’t mean I just say, “No, you can’t take the stuffed bear outside.” or “It’s lunchtime!” I carry on conversations with them.  My husband noticed after a while, but I suspect he was actually just relieved I wasn’t talking to him. Maybe I need a goat. Anyone know if goats will eat poison ivy? If so I definitely need a goat.

— 2 —

 I took it upon myself to clean off my dining room table the other day (since everything on it was my stuff).

OK, JUST PRETEND THERE WAS A PICTURE OF A VERY MESSY, PILED-UP TABLE AND THEN A NICE, NEAT TABLE. i’M HAVING ISSUES AND IT’S LATE.

Unfortunately, it only lasted that way about three days.

— 3 —

My sister-in-law Marcia came in from Dayton last Friday. We went out to lunch at a wonderful place I hadn’t been to in ages, then we went to look at Halloween decorations. We drove down the street, and I was kind of bummed that we wouldn’t be able to walk it, but it’s about three blocks in each direction, and that’s much more than my lower back can take these days. Marcia had a brilliant idea. It was mid-afternoon, so the street wasn’t busy, so she parked the car, we looked at two or three houses, she moved the car, we looked at another two or three houses, and I think we managed to hit all the coolest ones. Although there were much more elaborate displays, this was a favorite for both of us.

PRETEND YOU SEE A HOUSE WITH BIG EYEBALLS ON THE DORMERS, JAGGED, BLOOD-STAINED GINGERBREAD AS A MOUTH, AND A RED CARPET TONGUE. IT WAS EXTREMELY COOL, BUT I’M SLEEPY.

Then when Marcia took me home she had a trunk full of groceries for us! She’s been keeping up on all we’ve been going through, and brought favorites for everyone as well as lots of staples. It was like Christmas came early!

— 4 —

I had a fabulously fun Nerium Party at a friend’s house. We all drank a bit too much wine and had just enough fun ;) She has the most beautiful house, and it expresses her personality so perfectly. It made me realize that I haven’t actually picked out a single piece of furniture in my own house. It’s all hand-me-downs or inexpensive replacements I had to buy to replace hand-me-downs. Kinda weird at age 47, right? I’m not even sure what I would pick if I had the option to choose my own furniture – it’s just never come up.

— 5 —

And I had acne on my chin at the Nerium party. It wasn’t horrible acne, but my skin wasn’t perfect, and it needs to be perfect. That’s what I get for falling asleep with my chin propped in my hands, watching Glee on my iPad in bed. No more hands on chin!!

— 6 —

I’m hoping for an online party and a live party during the coming week – I have three people who have signed up under me and I’m going to do my best to make sure all three of them have a great first month’s sales. That’s another one of the awesome things about Nerium – you are actually rewarded for mentoring and helping the people you recruit. So this past few weeks, and especially the week to come, are all about what I can do for them! It’s nice to be able to help someone else for a change :)

— 7 —

Hot flashes have been driving me crazy – I even turned the AC on one night after Michael and John had gone to sleep (shh – don’t tell!) But it’s supposed to be cold this weekend for State Marching Band Finals, which bodes well for the hot flashes, but not so well for my back and neck, or for the drummers’ fingers. Here’s John’s show this year – not their cleanest performance, but the only one I have in its entirety.

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Rachelle Ayala A Father for Christmas

Slacker Week

— 1 —

Today I slept through my medication alarm. I set an alarm for about an hour before I really expect to be out of bed, walking down a few steps to let the dogs out, and making my coffee. Because until my first pain pill and muscle relaxer kick in I can’t do any of those things.  So two hours later, when I was wondering why turning over in bed was more than I could accomplish, I saw my morning meds in their container and realized what had happened.  Needless to say, and plans I had for the day were blown. So I ended up spending most of my day in bed, watching Glee on Netflix. There’s really nothing like a musical to perk me up, which is why I bought both seasons of Smash, a musical about making a musical – it’s my go-to bad day reset.

— 2 —

 I’m dog-sitting right now, so there were three dogs in bed with me all day – my own two huge monsters and an adorable Yorkie who lets me hold her like a baby and rub her tummy.  Then she goes all diva and runs the two big dogs off the bed, but it’s good while it lasts.

— 3 —

I’ve only recently noticed how big a part of my life my dogs have become. I’m here alone all day at least six days a week, with no way to go anywhere else. It’s been that way for over a year now. So, I talk to my dogs. We don’t have deep philosophical discussions or anything, but I find the sound of the TV annoying unless I’m actually watching something (like the National Geographic special on honey badgers – it’s very inspiring!) so I talk to the dogs. When I continue talking to the dogs after my husband and son get home it gets a little confusing, but not much since all seem to ignore me equally.

— 4 —

I’m still loving the whole Nerium gig – got a check this week, and I have no idea why! There are fifteen ways to get paid, so I just handed that folder over to Michael when we decided to do this, since I obviously wasn’t going to grasp it. Five paydays a month, fifteen ways to get paid – maybe I’m still in the honeymoon period of this thing, but I thought any business was supposed to be harder in the beginning. If this gets any easier I may be able to do it in a coma. Mind you, it’s not huge money, but the surprise check was enough to renew my nursing license, which was days from expiring.

— 5 —

I used the payment for my most recent sponsored post to put a down payment on John’s trip to New York with the band for Spring Break. It kills me that we haven’t been able to give him the same financial opportunities we gave Aaron. He had a High Adventure two-week canoeing trip and a trip to Washington in middle school, a Boy Scout trip to Philmont the summer before high school, and Spring Break in Hawaii his Freshman year with band.  John’s had nothing. We haven’t even had a vacation since he was in elementary school. But, thank God, he’s not bitter or resentful. He tries to hide it when his shoes are falling apart because he doesn’t want us to spend money on new ones. It breaks my heart.

— 6 —

UGH. Money. A necessary evil.  One of the things I always wanted to see on Star Trek (and TNG) was Earth in their time. People working, living, going through their everyday life without constant financial worries. If everyone wasn’t making important decisions in their lives based solely on money we’d have so much free time and mental energy to devote to other issues. People would do the things they enjoyed for a living, not the things that pay best. College classrooms would be packed with students who want to learn, not people determined to add letters behind their names and zeros to their checks.

— 7 —

Lastly (and most importantly) I have a granddog! Her name is Tabby, she’s living in pet-friendly Austin with Catherine and Aaron, and she’s a stunning Great Dane – Boxer mix. She’s black with white markings, has sticky-uppy ears, and hogs the bed :) She loves the dog parks, behaves well at the vet, and is putting on some much-needed weight. I’d post a picture, but the ones I have don’t do her justice. I really need pics from a professional (hint, hint). We’re very excited about her Christmas visit! Oh, and Aaron and Catherine too, of course ;)

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