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Back to School is my Crack

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The trip to North Carolina was much easier than I thought, but I overestimated the ease of my recovery. It was just delayed. I still ended up flat-out miserable and stuck in bed for about a day and a half. So still no plans to visit Austin ūüôĀ

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Counting the days until college move-in day for John. This is the latest in his stack of supplies:

Pretty cool, right? I was planning on just the clear ones, but it’s the only decor he’s seemed excited about, so I’ll let him take it up with his roommate.

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There have been way too many out-of-pocket expenses for a student who supposedly had a “full ride” scholarship. And way too many things that John should be taking care of that Michael or I have been doing at the last minute to meet deadlines. Procrastination makes me a nervous wreck, so he’d better pull it together since we won’t be getting email updates like in high school.

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Michael started Nerium‘s new Youth Factor superfood and antioxident boost powder. I eat a healthy diet, but Michael’s never met a veggie he liked. Within FORTY-EIGHT HOURS he felt a difference, which is an incredible result for my favorite pessimist. He’ll be on this long-term, because with no signs of excess vitamins or minerals coloring his urine he’s absorbing all of this!

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I know I’m way behind the times, but I’m addicted to having Pandora playing while I’m doing mindless activity (sorting email, checking FB, etc). I’ve been on a Stevie Nicks kick lately, and it’s been very calming.

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John teases me that “Back to School is my crack” and he’s like 99% right. Especially for college. Here’s John’s first aid kit.

I made a similar one for Aaron his Freshman year and as far as I know it lasted until graduation.

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I do understand that part of my love of assembling Back to School supplies is that I’m a #boymom and pretty much as long as nothing is pink, teal, fluffy, sparkly, or has kittens on it they don’t care.

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Looking at the Big Picture

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Robin Williams. His tragic death by suicide was a blow to our entire nation, but our family took it especially hard since we’re all still working our way back from my suicide attempt earlier this year. I’ve been very emotional, and it set Michael and John back a hard-earned step or two.

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¬†The timing was especially bad since my final appeal with CIGNA, my disability insurance company, was denied late last week and I already felt like I was on suicide watch with the constant calls and texts, and then John started school Wednesday. I really wanted something resolved before he went back to school just to give him a sense of security so he could concentrate more fully on his classes. Instead, we have contacted the Commissioner of Insurance and an attorney who’s comfortable suing insurance companies. Meanwhile Michael’s still working seven days a week and I’m applying for every type of aid available to get us through financially until someone with authority to write me a check agrees that I’m disabled.

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I never have allergy or sinus problems except for a couple of weeks in the Fall (probably leaf mold) but right now I am miserable. I can’t breathe, I have a horrible cough, and nothing I take helps. I even got John to help me completely de-fur the house last weekend, hoping it was a dog thing, but nothing changed . . . well, my house did look cleaner for a couple of days, so that was nice.

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I realized this week that I hadn’t heard in a long time about an anthology in which some of my writing was to be included, and when I pulled up the old emails for the title and searched Amazon it turned out it was released a year ago! Not that it makes me any money, but it sounds nice, doesn’t it? It’s called Dysfunctional Family Stories¬†if you want to take a peek.

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I was listening to tidbits of the news on morning while Michael was getting ready for work, and There was a poll asking how many Americans had taken a vacation during the previous year. Considering the lousy economic status of most Americans these days I thought that was interesting enough to put on many glasses and turn up the volume. The answer was about 70%, which was higher than I would have guessed, but it still saddened me. Everyone deserves a vacation. Not necessarily anything fancy, but at least a few days away from their regular routine. That got me thinking about how long it had been since we’d taken a vacation. It’s been seven years. Since John is fifteen, I think he’s only been on two vacations in his entire life. That is just wrong, and I’m going to figure out a way to make sure he gets to go with his band friends to New York for Spring Break this year. I don’t know how, but I’m going to make sure it happens!

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High school back-to-school shopping is not as much fun as when the kids were little, and we may actually not have to buy anything since I loaded up on stuff at the clearance end of back-to-school last year (Yay, me!) and Aaron, for the first time in seventeen years, doesn’t have to go back-to-school shopping at all! I do remember my first year out of college and in the real world at back-to-school time, and I shopped anyway just because I love school supplies.

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I was planning on writing more every day once John started school, but so far that hasn’t happened. The upper-respiratory stuff on top of the pain is just exhausting. I can hardly keep my eyes open to read!

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Just the Dogs and Me

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John went back to school Tuesday, so I had all these great plans for the things I was going to accomplish with only the dogs for company all day long.  You know what they say about the best-laid plans *sigh*

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I had a list of things I wanted to do every day on my Wunderlist app (GREAT app!) and Tuesday I got all those things except one done! ¬†Of course, that meant I completely overdid it and have spent the rest of the week in more pain than usual, getting pretty much nothing done. ¬†The only thing I’ve gotten checked off my list every day is prayer. ¬†I guess if nothing else I at least have my priorities in order.

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Last year the final semester of school with John was torture. ¬†So I read some “parenting teens” books to try to find a way to make this year more pleasant for both of us. ¬†The consensus was that I need to control my tendency to micromanage and just set some boundaries with known¬†consequences. ¬†We made a plan together and talked a lot about issues other than academics. ¬†We even put together a contract. ¬†So far, so good.

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Then last night Michael and I got to meet John’s teachers. ¬†It wasn’t the full-school Open House where you get ten minutes in each classroom and no chance to really talk to any of the teachers, either. ¬†It was just for his “team” and I as soon as the group broke up I made a beeline for first his computer teacher (he wants to attend a computer science magnet school next year) and then his Math teacher (Math was frustrating for John last year, and it’s been too long since I’ve done this stuff for me to be of any help). ¬†I drug John along with me to make sure the teachers would match a face with a name, and Michael just leaned against the door frame until I was ready to leave. ¬†He’s learned that at these sorts of events I have a game plan and the best thing for him to do is just stay out of my way.

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I’m hoping there will be a check in my mailbox today from CIGNA, my disability insurance provider and arch-nemesis. ¬†I called last week because I hadn’t received my August check yet, and on Tuesday got a call back from someone newly assigned to my account. ¬†This makes approximately ten people I have had to deal with at the same company. ¬†This guy apologized, said someone had just forgotten to put me in the system to automatically receive a check, and that my check should be sent out of the tenth of every month. ¬†I told him it would have been really nice if that had happened this month because I would have been able to pay my mortgage on time rather than incurring the $85 late fee. ¬†He actually sounded concerned and intelligent, and I copied down all his contact information. ¬†We’ll see if things get better (I’m not holding my breath).

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I’m praying hard this week for two good friends who are going through difficult parenting transitions. ¬†Dianna goes back to work tomorrow after maternity leave, and Kim has sent her eldest off to college. ¬†Those are both such painful adjustments, but honestly I think to off-to-college one is the hardest. ¬†It was for me, anyway.

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Uh-oh. ¬†Just realized I never took my phone off mute after last night’s meeting at school and Aaron is missing his marching shoes. ¬†Must go scour his room and ship them to him. ¬†It’s nice to feel needed ūüėČ

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