Friday, May 27, 2011

Wait. It's Friday? Again?

Well, we survived the week. Barely. Jase wasn't able work a single day. That paycheck is gonna hurt. Fortunately, I've been able to take on several extra hours of work a couple of days this week. I'm very grateful because it will make my first paycheck very nice and will help make up for Jase's missed days. I'm exhausted. Jase's cough was so bad by sunday night that I couldn't sleep and it hasn't gotten better despite the many cold meds and antibiotics I've been pumping into him all week. I've been running on 5 ish hours of sleep every night at best and he's had even less. Way less. Poor guy. He's exhausted and miserable.

This week's regimen of meds.

We're on bag #3 of the Halls economy pack 80-drop bags of cough drops and now I'm developing a sore and scratchy throat so we've added Ricolas. Jase started on antibiotics on tuesday, steroids on wednesday and has been on mucinex and cold relief all week. Today he's starting Delsym in the hopes that it will help more than the mucinex has. I'm pretty sure the only reason I haven't been affected more than I have is thanks to that lovely green bottle with the yellow lid: vitamin C. Usually when I'm sleep deprived the first thing to go is my immune system and I catch anything and everything that's floating around. I've upped our dosage this week and it's going up again next week.

In other news, someone somewhere accessed our bank account info and started making random purchases. Not. Cool. We caught it yesterday. Fortunately before it sent our account into the red. Our cards are frozen and today we had to trek halfway across town to the nearest bank to fill out fraud forms (one for EACH unauthorized purchase...ugh...ridiculous) and pull cash to live on until we can get new cards. And of course this all had to happen right before a holiday weekends which means nothing is going to get processed until next Tuesday. I've had to deal with too many incompetant people this week; pharmacy workers who can't find and process prescription orders, bank people who don't know how to deal with fraud....our patience has definitely been tested. Makes me extremely grateful to be able to work from home.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mama said there'd be days like this...

So yesterday night I went to bed early(ish) with plans to get a good night's rest and get a lot accomplished today. I don't work on mondays so I was planning on sleeping in and spending the rest of my day prepping for the rest of the week. My list included:

~ catching up on laundry
~ cleaning out the fridge
~ making homemade bread
~ making egg salad and potato chips
~ planning/making breakfasts for the rest of the week so that I could put in as many hours of work during the mornings as possible.
~ catching up on the rest of the house.

Unfortunatley, Jase has one of the worst cough/congestion/allergy colds that he's had in a long time. His cough has been getting progressively worse over the last few days and last night was the first night that it even kept me awake for a good portion of the night. (Usually I get to sleep fine and will sleep through almost anything).

So, today has gone nothing like what I had hoped. Instead, my last almost 24 hours has gone something like this.

After a rather exhausting night of waking up every time Jase coughed, I finally got up at around 9. I spent the morning making breakfast, prepping Jase's lunch and trying to be quiet while letting Jase sleep in to the absolute last minute possible. At 11:30, Jase called the leaveline at work because even the effort required to talk was making him break into a coughing fit and his throat was so raw he was coughing up blood.

The rest of my day has consisted of running to the Kearney walmart to pick up antibiotics and groceries only to find once we got there that the meds were not there, coming back home (because I had forgotten my cell), realizing the meds had been called into the Kansas walmart, making another trip to that walmart, waiting around for 30 min for the (incompetant) pharmacy workers to find and process the order, getting groceries (which included clearance bread since homemade bread is getting put off once again) finally getting home around 2:15, crashing in bed for a 2 hour long nap,waking up around 4:15, and now I'm waiting on dinner to finish so that we can finally eat our first meal of the day (besides breakfast).

And not one of my goals is accomplished. A load of laundry is rerinsing because it had sat in the washer too long and was starting to smell sour. My kitchen is a mess, there is no bread made, no breakfasts are not made in advance, much less planned, the fridge still needs to be cleaned, etc...and all I want to do is sleep some more. *sigh*

I'd better go finish dinner...maybe I can still get a few things done (if I can muster up the energy) before the day is over....I think I'm gonna need some caffiene..

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I have a new favorite snack...

On monday Jase brought home snacks for me from Wally. Reese's Klondike bars, Almond Joys, Diet MD and a new discovery...Vanilla Dusted Roasted Almonds.

Yes, the bag is empty. I couldn't quit munching on them. I think they were my favorite out of everything Jase brought home.

Whole roasted honey almonds lightly dusted with artificially flavored vanilla-powdered sugar. SO. YUM.

I'm watching Ina Garten on the food channel. She's making a fruit crumble that can be made with different types of fruits for different times of the year. For summer she's doing a peach blueberry crumble with lemon juice and lemon zest mixed in. I need to pay attention to this...

May Update...

I started a new job last week. I'm working for a company called Global Medical Transcription, matching audio dictations to typed out documents. It's a pretty easy job, to be honest. The hardest part about it is that I've had to revamp my daily schedule. With Jase working a later schedule, we had both gotten used to staying up 'til around midnight or later and then sleeping in until 9:00 or 9:30 and having several hours for morning routine before he has to leave at 11:30.

This new job requires that all of my work be turned in by 1:00pm. So in order to get the number of hours in every morning that I want, I've been starting work by 7, working until about 10 or 10:30, taking an hour to an hour and a half (depending on my work load each morning) to do breakfast and psalms with my hubby, spend a few min with him and then get him packed up and out the door to work, before putting in another hour or so before deadline. As thankful as I am to help supplement our income...I'm exhausted.

For the last two weeks I've been running on about 7 or less hours of sleep everynight in order to get up early for work. Getting to bed by 11 and taking afternoon naps helps, but it's gonna take awhile to get my body used to this new schedule. It would be fairly simple enough to adjust if I could get to bed before 11 but Jase doesn't get home until 9 ish every night and that only leaves us a couple of hours to spend time together before I'm needing to go to sleep. Plus, it's becoming fairly typical for me to wake up around 5 or 5:30 and then not be able to get back to sleep because I know my alarm is going to go off soon and I'll have to get up and get going. This morning I was awake at about 5:40...and then I tossed and turned and barely dozed on and off (which tends to be more exhausting than just getting up) until I finally got up at 6:50. I'm hoping I'll adjust soon and get to where I can sleep straight through to my alarm.

In other news, Jase is still at Teletech. It's not a great job, but it does pay bills...even if just barely. My new job happened just in time as over the last few weeks Jase has been battling some sickness and has missed several days of work because of it. If he misses more than a day or two he doesn't make enough to cover all of our bills. On top of missing work because of being sick, he's also had about a day's worth of Mandatory Time Off. The company has been forcing people to take time off recently due to the fact that they don't have enough call volume. And yet they keep hiring. It's stupid.

He has applied for two other jobs that look very promising and we've extended our lease here for another month in the hopes of finding out if he's going to get one of those jobs before we have to move. What job he has will affect where we move to. One of them is just down the street, and if he gets it, we'll be staying in this location and getting a smaller apartment. If he gets the other or stays at teletech we'll be needing to move to the other side of town. It's hard to be patient sometimes, especially since I like to be able to make plans a month or more in advance.

We've started yoga. I started on monday and then yesterday Jase decided to give it a try with me. Besides the fact that he has a damaged shoulder and pretty much any exercise makes it hurt, he's really enjoying it. We even put in ten minutes of basics this morning before he left for work...his idea. I was very surprised...and thrilled. It's so much more fun to work out with someone rather than by myself.

I just posted my last folder and I'm going to go take a nap. The garbage disposal in my kitchen sink is clogged and backed up (happens almost every time I try to put potato peels down it) so the much needed cleaning in my kitchen is going to have to wait because I am NOT calling maintenance until after I've napped and showered and am ready to have someone knocking on my door. I will not be able to rest if I know maintenance could show up at any minute. :P

More later...