No Tantrums!

The day began fairly well considering we were running late. We managed to get to the doctor’s office a little after 8a.m. and were home by 9:30 this morning. Theresa did fine, she didn’t have a fit when we got there, instead she was pointing things out to me that she saw around her. It was almost too good to be true, then we went inside.

She listened well enough to come back to where I could see her while I signed her in and told them that we were there for lab work. The wait wasn’t that long considering it’s a doctor’s office. Theresa went back and forth from watching “Mickey Mouse” to looking in the fish tank and visiting with another family that had a baby with them. She was very nice.

Finally, it’s her turn and she comes with me willingly. She went into the room told us “I’m sorry” and of course we’re wondering if she’s telling Ms. Pat she should be apologizing already. When I put her in my lap, she said “sticker” she wanted to make sure that she got her sticker first. She was fairly calm, not a single hint of a scream when the finger prick was taken. She remained fairly calm while the blood was dropped into the tube, and was completely calm when it was completed.!

All in all it’s a good day so far. Now to get through an afternoon of Therapy, and see if my ABA therapist wants to meet me at the school at 8a.m. on the day of the IEP meeting. She lives in Florida so that may be a tough time for her.

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Rainy and gloomy

It’s been raining all morning, and Theresa got on the bus in the rain. It wasn’t raining when we walked to the road, but as soon as we got out there it began to rain harder and colder. I had a small coat on her to keep the rain off and dug one out of her bag to hold over my head. I have to buy myself a rain coat, and a new umbrella since the last one broke. It’s starting to thunder now, and it’s getting louder. I can’t believe that we have therapy this afternoon.

I feel awful after standing out in the rain this morning. I’m tired as can be and I think I’m getting sick from standing out in the rain, I hope that Theresa doesn’t. As a result of the rain I’m trying to write an article on things that can be done indoors to keep kids from being bored when it’s raining outside. So far it’s going very slowly. I can’t manage to finish this article with my mind wandering so I’m going to go back and forth between them to see what I can find to write about.

Any subject ideas? I’m at a loss for words.

worrying

OK so my grocery budget for this month is gone, the good news? There is food in the house and a new month begins Friday. That means that all the bills are due once again, they seem to come in back to back in a never-ending stream that often makes me wonder if I’m losing my mind.

I have to reduce the expenses that we have but I’m spoiled and Theresa will be the one suffering if we cut out the luxury of the television and her movies so that’s an area that has to be examined carefully before anything is done.

I haven’t gotten much work done lately which is putting a strain on the budget as well. OK I’m going back to worrying and attempting to get a little bit of work done. We only have a half hour of speech today during which I’ll read my book for a while to take a break.

Confused as Can Be

I saw two assignments on what used to be AC that I want to do but I doubt I can finish them in time. I just submitted an article to Constant Content and once I hit submit I had doubts about it. It was actually the title that I had doubts about.

I messed up my budget this month. That one was really surprising since the tax refund came in. I guess it shouldn’t have been a surprise since a lot of things got taken care of. I planned it out carefully but I managed to miss having the full amount for the one supplement that I’m about to run out of. I need a few more dollars but it’ll prevent me from having my phone bills.

I lost my thought so I’ll be calling it a post now.

Changing the therapy schedule

Friday’s we now start our weekend later. We now have speech at 11:30 instead of 9:30 in the morning. That gives us two extra hours before we leave in the mornings. It just means that I won’t get to start my weekends until 12:30 on Friday mornings. If I get up early enough I can do a load of laundry to hang out before we go.

I just made the mistake of letting Theresa do “S” by herself, when she finished she threw the sheets. Now she’s having a screaming fit that only she understands. I think that she’s telling herself “good job.” Or at least she was until I gave her some paper with glue on it and an old container filled with dried peas to glue on it.

I’m already tired. I have managed to add about a paragraph to each of the articles that I was writing. I really wish that I had more time to work, and this summer I might.

Finances are going to be a little bit tighter from now on, until I can get back on track with the writing and submitting articles to various places.

Four Articles in Progress,

At the moment I have four articles in progress and notes for a fifth. I’m doing research on a sixth. I think the sixth one will take a humorous angle though. I have some questions about the information that I found and it’s likely to be a long article that I have to break up into sections and possibly a second article.

I finally turned the air conditioner on and now it has to be manually adjusted in order to cut off. The thermostat isn’t right. I set the air at what I thought was 75 and it was 69 when I just adjusted the temperature so it’d shut off. It’s a bit chilly in here with all the fans going. I’d open the windows back up but the afternoon heat has been lasting a bit longer than I’d like to leave them open and remain comfortable.

The light bill will be available to view in the morning and I’m hoping that it’s not high. We’re $340.14 over budget at the moment and I’m hoping that came down some. Well, I have to get back to work we have to leave in about an hour and I’d really like to make progress on these articles today.

Four Articles in Progress,

At the moment I have four articles in progress and notes for a fifth. I’m doing research on a sixth. I think the sixth one will take a humorous angle though. I have some questions about the information that I found and it’s likely to be a long article that I have to break up into sections and possibly a second article.

I finally turned the air conditioner on and now it has to be manually adjusted in order to cut off. The thermostat isn’t right. I set the air at what I thought was 75 and it was 69 when I just adjusted the temperature so it’d shut off. It’s a bit chilly in here with all the fans going. I’d open the windows back up but the afternoon heat has been lasting a bit longer than I’d like to leave them open and remain comfortable.

The light bill will be available to view in the morning and I’m hoping that it’s not high. We’re $340.14 over budget at the moment and I’m hoping that came down some. Well, I have to get back to work we have to leave in about an hour and I’d really like to make progress on these articles today.

Half over!

The week is about half over, at least the “typical” work week. My work week is far from over. Actually it’s been a bit off. By that I mean that I’m lucky to get my notes done so far. Yesterday I had a sick child so there were only things that made he happy done.

At the moment I’m working on an editorial about a book I just read, it was supposed to be a review but I got lost so I may just leave it alone until I can think of something else to do with it. I still have my elephant note page open. Good thing I have a month before the request closes. I have one fact that gets left out because I want to write an article about it myself, I have some questions that I can’t put into the article I took them for. I may not do that article at all, I might just don’t know.

I do know that I need a different type of appointment book so I can highlight blocks of time instead of writing it in. This one will have to do until 2012 comes around though. I found my dictionary and thesaurus but I haven’t found my highlighters yet. I don’t know where they would have gone but I don’t feel like buying more just yet. I did find my calculator during my search. I’ll be taking work related items to therapy with us today so that I can get part of my stuff done.

A sick child is a hyper child……

once they start to feel better. At least mine is. The pizza she split with her daddy for breakfast didn’t agree with her. So she got a bath and a change of clothes, my kitchen floor and part of my carpet got a bath too. A couple of my towels got thrown away and I got to take a shower and change clothes in the middle of the day. So far she hasn’t seemed to notice that she didn’t have therapy today. I never realized it before but as much as I enjoy those days when I don’t have to go anywhere, they are the days that make me the tiredest.

I’ve done three loads of laundry, working on folding that now and re-hanging the ones that are still damp b/c I put them too close together on the line. I was running out of clothes pins. I did dishes and made lunch. Now I get to do dishes again, they’re soaking in the sink as I type and enjoy a pot of coffee to stay awake. It’s not helping but I like the taste. I’ve got to refill my sugar container now.

I got a call from the clinic where Theresa gets therapy this afternoon. The next time we go up there (hopefully tomorrow) I can pick up an application for a grant to go to a two day Autism conference. I want to go but it’s awful early in the morning and I don’t have child care. There isn’t anyone I really care to leave Theresa with either.

The highpoint, at the end of the week it’s supposed to be 79! That’ll be a relief to me, I’m hot already. I don’t want winter to come back though.

Another Week and It’s Almost Productive So Far

Well, it’s Monday once again! I’m not sure why I’m so happy about that fact, maybe it’s because I managed to get Theresa fed, give her the morning supplements, dress her and put her on the school bus. All without a tantrum or running behind. I set my alarm for 5:15 this morning and managed to get up in time to get most of what I needed done.

I have spend this morning (and part of yesterday) editing older articles to improve them. I plan to edit all the ones that I don’t have to send request for first. I’m adding links to related articles where I can, the ones that can’t are still being edited for improvements of minor, silly errors that I don’t believe they should have been published with.

Well, I’ve only got a couple more hours to work uninterrupted and I need to try and pick up the toys to vacuum before the little one gets home. I also want to clean her room a little while she’s gone so I’ll go for now.