Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan for May 8th-14th
Phew, hello all.
Big week. Heavy week. Scary week. Judging by the 17% approval rating, I’m sure many of you can understand my overwhelming feeling of dread about the House’s vote on Thursday. Blah. Ugh. And meh. In looking at the pre-exisiting conditions exclusions, I think I can safely say we’re all pretty much screwed. I know my parent’s don’t even make it out of the top five alphabetically before they’re out of the running (which is funny cause neither of them can actually run). It is a lot to take in for everyone.
I’ve been skirting around the issue for a month, but the fact of the matter is, my mom is now officially on hospice. It is a wonderful service, and we are so very fortunate to have this team of professionals working on our side. There is no choice in the matter to develop MS in your early 20’s (it is called The Prime of Life disease for a reason), and there is no choice in the matter of getting liver cancer despite drinking a whopping four glasses of wine a year. None of this is fair, and she didn’t have a say in any of it. Hospice gives her choice. It allows for dignity and the ability to make decisions that have her best interest in mind.
Some of us may get through life without anything that would exclude us from quality care (doubtful), but in the end no one avoids the inevitable. The grace of choice is something that we all deserve. As a country, we fund what is important to us. Can we not collectively take a stand and say that there shouldn’t be a label on who deserves dignity?
Ok, end of emotional rant/plea. Let’s switch gears, because I’m getting worked up.
After removing mascara from the upper half of my face due to sneezing while doing my make up, I had to acknowledge that allergy season is indeed here. It will only be a matter of weeks before I am tempted to peel all the skin off of my face, pop out my eyes, and itch them on the concrete.
With this wet spring dragging on and on, we had a crazy week of weather. Some pretty epic thunderstorms, which are incredibly rare in this area. They came in the evening after a 73 degree day that seemed like it was 90% humidity. The plants don’t seem to know what to think, and our grass is growing faster than Jack. With the increase in temps, I can maybe stretch the one pair of pants with two intact knees that he still owns. Next school year, he is only getting Carhartt double front pants.
You know who is awesome? Like super cool and bad ass? You guys! It is just a few days in to the seven day “sale” for charity that I announced on Friday, and I have had the privilege and honor of processing orders for many of you. It’s rad and inspiring, and I’m having so much fun I am thinking of making this an every other month kind of thing. So many great causes, and so many bags to sell! Any suggestions for an organization we should focus on for July?
Have you ever woken up and it feels like you sprained your butt? This morning it feels like I have done squats for days, and my glutes are sore. I was on my feet a normal amount yesterday, and didn’t even walk the hills with Bennett, so I have no idea what is going on. A sprained butt seems like an easy enough explanation. No, I don’t have any medical training. Why do you ask?
Today is my nephew’s seventh birthday, and we went to his party yesterday. Weather was decent, food was great, and the kids had a blast playing in the tree house that my brother-in-law built.
It’s pretty epic, isn’t it? I swear that thing is bigger than our LA apartment. My nephew got a box of Bunchems for a gift, and we unfortunately found out the hard way that those things get stuck in hair. Hardcore. Some of the kids were playing quietly and apparently with a bit of mischief, and as things go, this kid ended up with a ton of them in her hair.
After an hour of my sister and I oiling this poor girl’s hair up with conditioner and working them out, we managed to free about six of these hell fire toys. Her aunt took her to get a hair cut at the mall because it was the only place open. The stylist who isn’t really a stylist, but apparently a witch, got almost all of them out with detangler. The last few had to be cut out. It took a total of two hours to remove 35 of these things, and they left the salon well after the mall closed. There were tears, but almost all of her hair was salvaged. We had been convinced she would have to get part of her head shaved, because they were so close to her scalp.
I have absolutely no idea what to make for dinner this week. There will be soup, and grilled chicken kebabs with salad and green beans (canned from last year’s garden). And I’ll likely need to do breakfast dinner because of baseball. And popcorn and movie night. Oh and family dinner/Mother’s day. Oh hey, look at that. I do know what we’re having!
What is on your menu?
Happy Mother’s Day to the most badass mother I know/read! Many hugs to you and your family during such a tough time-know that you inspire us all Sarah!
Aw, thanks Sarah. And may I say – what a lovely name!
Hospice was wonderful to my mother, who died on Easter morning 2016. Because I didn’t have to worry about anything else, I audio recorded the last conversation Mom had with us, two days before she died . . it was two hours of her just talking and chatting about everyone and everything, and us telling her how much we loved her. She was at peace. I wish you and your family peace.
What a wonderful memory of a horrible time Eden. I’m so glad you had that special time with her.
My grandpa passed with hospice eight days before Jack was born. They were an amazing gift to our family.
I’m so sorry that your family is going through this.my thoughts and prayers are with you.and I’m sorry that we have a government that wants to screw over the sick and the poor.
I was recently listening to a podcast about the healthcare repeal, and it encouraged anyone upset about it to get as “pissed as John Wick when his dog gets killed”. Not sure if you are an action movie person, but we are, and that is PISSED.
So many thoughts and prayers for yous and your mom. To say that it’s hard is a complete understatement. Please just get by the best you can.
Would my most humiliating moment ever give you a lift? I did a 5k today (under 26 min- woot!) and totally leaked my bladder. In grey pants. And I finished the same time a marathoner broke a record….cameras flashing.
I know you have a goofy sense of humor, so I was hoping my pee pants moment would give you a brief moment of laughter 😉
Oh Ashley, I’m so sorry for your “moment”, but good for you for finishing and crushing that 5k! It sounds like the game plan going forward is to throw a cup of water over your front towards the end of every race. 🙂
God Bless You!!! You make me cry and laugh at the same time. Keep getting on and doing what you do and thank you for sharing with us all. I will be on the lookout for any Bunchems that may show up at my granddaughters’ birthdays this year and will share your experience hoping to avoid the same. I so look forward to your posts. Thank you again.
Thank you Peggy! And yes, grab that Bunchems box the second they come in to your grandkiddo’s house. They need to be returned immediately.
Hey, I love you and agree with the other poster – both MS and Cancer suck.
Also, let’s have a moment of gratitude because those little ball things would not have stuck in our mouse fur hair at all. Slid right out, no prob.
This week I am making carne asada in the crockpot that we’ll put in corn tortillas with homemade guac + jalapeno chicken sausage with chopped salad. And lots of roasted vegetables! And then going to my business school reunion Thursday-Sun were they will inevitably feed us alcohol and small fatty appetizers.
I love you too, and yep, they can suck it!
Our wimpy little turtle fur would have laughed in the face of those Bunchems.
I’m so sorry about your mom! My husband lost his uncle this past week to leukemia. Cancer SUCKS! MS SUCKS! And many other illnesses SUCK! Ugh! I will say though, that after my mom worked in hospice care for years, I learned so much about hospice and the nurses and others who work in hospice care LOVE what they do. I pray that your mom (and the rest of your family) have exceptional nurses during this time. Now…about the allergies….have you heard of using bee pollen for allergies? Sounds CRAZY, but it works SO well! My hubby has horrible allergies. He has started taking a teaspoon of local bee pollen once a day each spring and fall about a month before allergy season kicks in. It works like allergy shots! It’s insane AND you don’t have to worry about health insurance not covering it!!!! *bleh* Just a thought! I hope your week is better than last! Hang in there, girl!
All of the above suck – I totally agree! I’m sorry for your family’s loss and I hope your husband’s family is managing as well as could be expected.
My grandma passed in a hospice center in 2009, and it was a huge blessing for our family. Many thanks to your mom and other hard working hospice nurses for the care they provide to the patient AND the family.
I have heard about bee pollen. My local honey source sells it. How does he take it? Straight? Sprinkled on something? Just looking at it makes me think of eating a spoonful of dried fluff.
Sarah, thanks! As for the pollen–my hubby just downs it with a chaser of a gallon of water. Not really a gallon, but definitely a full glass! He tried it on his cereal but decided it’d be better to just get it done and over with. It’s pretty waxy, which makes sense. But it’s definitely something he’s gotten used to. I’d definitely give it a shot if I were you!
Maybe a bag sale to benefit the Hospice organization helping your family? My mom volunteered at the thrift store that raises money for our local Hospice for nine years before they ended up coming to help us in the last weeks with my dad. I don’t know how those people do the difficult and sacred work they do, but I will always be grateful. I’m so sorry for what your family is going through and I will keep you all in my prayers.
That is a great idea, thank you Lisa!
Those hospice nurses and staff are an amazing blessing to the patient and family.
Prayers and hugs to you and your family!
The tree house is epic and those toys are the devil
Dinners for us this week include grilled chicken and fried potatoes, grilled cheese and chips, twice baked taco potatoes and salad, breakfast for dinner and steak with baked potatoes. There will be veggies included with all meals but I’ll decide that at dinner–they are all in the freezer!
Have the best week you possibly can!
Thank you Pat!
I can suggest flour tortilla pizzas with canned spaghetti sauce, cheese & other toppings of choice baked in a 425* oven until crisp and gooey. If you like thin and crispy crusts this is how you do it fast. 🙂
Mister (my dog) and I are praying for you and your family.
Many thanks to you and Mister!