Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Toddler (Unhappy Carpet), Just Add Peanut Butter


In case you're wondering, I didn't even think to take a picture until after 5 or 10 minute's worth of scrubbing. The icky dark bath water is all because of washed-off peanut butter. He originally had it all the way up to both shoulders. Also, somebody definitely takes after daddy, whose favorite food is peanut butter. At least we know he's not allergic.

The crazy thing is this only took a few minutes. I went to the bathroom and left Robbie playing with his toys in the living room right outside. He pushed the playpen (my improvised baby gate because we have a really wide opening from the living room to the rest of the house) out of the way, went into the kitchen, and pulled down a 1-lb can of peanut butter my husband had left on the table. That kind has a snap-off lid instead of a screw-on, and he's already figured out how to open those lids with his teeth, to get into Gerber snacks.

Anyway, by the time I get out of the bathroom, I walk from the living room to the kitchen to find him happily sitting on the carpet with the now half-full jar of peanut butter. It's all over him, and he is smiling at me and eating with one hand while the other arm is halfway in the jar. My dog (a big German Shepard mix) is also half-covered in peanut butter, going crazy trying to lick it off and rolling on the carpet to get off what he cant reach.

I put the dog in the kennel, scooped up the baby and put him in the tub, then realized it would make a really great pic to send to my family (and post here and on FB). It took about 20+ minutes to get the baby clean, then I put him in the playpen for a bit while I took the dog outside to wash him. This meant I had to chain him to the carport with his leash while I scrubbed him (at least he enjoys the rubber scrub brush). Of course, I forgot about the broken outside light pole, and he ended up wrapping the leash around it and pulling it down on me as we went back inside. Hubby got home a few minutes later, and asked why the light was in 2 pieces laying in the driveway and the pole was knocked down.

This was followed with "and what happened here?" as he glanced around the house. I was in the process of wiping peanut butter off the cabinet doors and still hadn't gotten around to the mess on the floor yet, or to washing off the peanut butter that my son and the dog had managed to wipe all over my clothes and hair. I explained it to him and he laughed and asked how much peanut butter I'd managed to save (the man has priorities). I got the cabinets wiped down and mopped up the mess in the floor, realizing how slippery and oily peanut butter really was as I slid about 3 feet on a spot that was only partly clean.

That done, I scooped up the worst of the mess from the carpet and asked my facebook friends for advice. I scrubbed what I could up with hot water and dish detergent, then vacuumed to suck up some of the water (we have a wet dry vac) and clean a little bit. There was still a mess, so I took another friend's advice to use cornstarch to soak up the grease. It worked some, but then I had to vacuum again and still have cornstarch stuck in the carpet, making lighter spots. I finally took a shower and put my clothes in the wash, and sprayed the whole mess with carpet cleaner. I'm going to try more scrubbing and vacuuming in the morning, then hit it all with our carpet shampooer and hope for the best.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Catching Up

I thought I'd check in and post an update since I've been gone so long and intend to start blogging again on this site.

Things have been pretty normal, I've just had a lot on my plate and not much time to write for pleasure.

Robbie's a year old now and doing great. He's walking, climbing, and getting into everything and is beginning to say a few words (mama, daddy, dog, up, et(eat), no, uh-oh). He's almost 3 feet tall around and was around 25 pounds at his last checkup.

I'm still toughing it out. The depression has lifted a lot, but I have been having really bad anxiety and starting to get panic attacks again. I haven't been to see my doctor in a while because money is too tight, so I'm just dealing as best I can. Physically, I'm on thyroid and vitamin D pills, and have tried both Lyrica and Celexa without really great results. It's hard to tell how much of the soreness and energy drain is due to depression, how much is due to thyroid and/or vitamin deficiency, and how much may be do to fibro. Personally, I'm a little skeptical of the fibromyalgia diagnosis, because it seems to be a catch-all around here when doctors can't figure out what is wrong.

I'm trying to do some freelance writing from home, but it is hard to do while the baby is awake, so I keep staying up late at night to work on projects and then feeling like crap the next day. I'm writing for literally pennies per word, so it's a lot of work for very little pay, but at least it's something. I haven't had luck finding a job otherwise, between not having childcare or being able to afford it, and having some of the health programs I'm still dealing with now. I've really bombed a couple of the interviews I got, because I'm getting extremely anxious and having trouble concentrating and focusing on things. Of course, I'm sure having to bring the baby with me to most interviews isn't doing much to help, either.

I'm hoping the real estate market picks up and trying to save up a little money to get back into that once my health straightens out some. I really loved working as a real estate agent, and it's flexible enough to allow me to spend a lot more time with the baby than most other jobs would. I'm still pretty adamant against putting him in daycare, even if I could afford it, and there isn't anyone around here I'd trust to watch him. I put in an application in customer retention with a family friendly film company, but am waiting to see if they are family friendly enough to let me have my child at work with me. I also consider pizza delivery, but several people have told me it's dangerous, and I don't want to risk that.

I'm getting over the flu right now, so I'm not up to a whole lot, but I think I'm going to start walking again next week, sore or not, and try to build back up to running again. I just feel so "blah" all the time, and I'm hoping it will help me get my energy back. It should also help get my vitamin D up, because I'll be out in the sunshine.
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