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Happy Day, Oprah!

I used to have a lot of traffic to my blog looking for Oprah Winfrey’s birthday. Since I switched blogging platforms and deleted the old blog, I rarely get traffic looking for Oprah.

People came to read this post from 2006, January 29 to be exact, when I wrote about Oprah’s birthday.

Today is Oprah Winfrey’s birthday (1954). I guess I should wish her a happy birthday, since my oldest daughter thinks that Oprah has been a better mother to her than I have been. She told me this yesterday, as I was standing my ground about the cleanliness of her bedroom.

Oprah is a better mother because, “she knows what she is talking about.” I don’t know anything these days.. afterall, I am the meanest mom in the universe….having that title takes away brain cells, you know.

I guess oldest daughter missed the Frey incident on Oprah’s show this past week. (pretend I’ve inserted an eye-rolling smiley face here) I wonder if seeing Oprah lambast an author that she previously publicly supported would change her view of her surrogate/pretend mom. It has tarnished my view a bit, I have to say. But this isn’t about that really, is it?

I didn’t mention to oldest daughter that Oprah wouldn’t put up with a messy bedroom or backtalk & that perhaps the reason Oprah didn’t have children was to avoid having children with messy bedrooms & smart mouths.

Oldest daughter has since apologized. I just found it ironic that she said that yesterday & today is Oprah’s birthday.

I was looking at the search queries that bring people to my site and thought about the days of Oprah searches. I used to crack up about it because I’m definitely not an Oprah expert or anything.

Anyway, Happy 54 years + 7 months day, Oprah!

long weekend

I’m really looking forward to this weekend. My plans include attempting to restore some dignity to my flourishing flower weed beds.

When I walked out to the car this morning, I saw a weed that was at eye level.  Eye. Level.  I’m not sure how that thing grew 2 feet overnight, but it was not there the night before when I came home.  How could I have missed something that tall waving right in my face?  I couldn’t.  Therefore, it grew like magic overnight to greet me this morning.

I think my son has been taking the same vitamins as that super growing weed.  That thing is no longer a resident in my thriving walkway (my son lives in the house, not the walkway).

Aside from working on the flowerbed, my tentative plans include catching up on sleep, hanging out with the kids, taking in a movie, and browsing the Arts Festival or visiting a museum or local landmark.

I just realized that this Friday will be our last football free Friday evening for quite a while.  Yet another reason to savor the weekend.  🙂

do you hear that squeaking sound?


Why do school personnel insist that J. does not need a 504 plan for her diabetes care?

When is school nurse going to return my calls about meeting with middle school administrators and teachers to discuss diabetes plan? I faxed in the diabetes care plan (signed by J’s endocrinologist) on the second day of school.  I received it in the mail the day before school started.

Why do I have to be the squeaky wheel to ever get anything done regarding her diabetes care?

What about kids/people with no advocate?  Who is the squeaky wheel for them?

Do you know what I mean by “squeaky wheel”? Remember that saying about the squeaky wheel getting the grease?  Well, I’ve found that if I am kind yet persistent (to the point of insistent), I get more done.  I’m sure the school office personnel LOVE me, but that’s ok.  I am not looking to be their buddy.

My mom says that this behavior is like the persistent widow.  My dad says Mom and I are like little yippy dogs that bark and yip and bark until they get what they want.  I say I’m going to be like a squeaky wheel and that no one is going to notice what J. needs unless I squeak about it until it gets fixed.  When it’s fixed, I will hush and let things run smoothly, as things should run.   🙂

Personality Test

I saw this over at Teflonjedi’s blog and thought I’d see how my test turned out.  It’s fascinating that 70 questions could pinpoint my personality so well.

Your result for The LONG Scientific Personality Test…

ENFJ- The Teacher

You scored 55% I to E, 37% N to S, 38% F to T, and 11% J to P!

Your type is known as the teacher, or the educating mentor. You also belong to the larger group, called idealists. You tend to bring out the best in other people. You lead without seeming to do so. People are naturally drawn to you. You expect the very best from people which takes the form of enthusiastic encouragement which is so charming that people try their best not to disappoint you. You share your personality type with 3% of the population.

You need to feel a deep and meaningful connection to your romantic partners, and go to great lengths to understand and please your mate. Harmony is vitally important to you, and you often put others’ needs before your own. You have a pretty thin skin and are easily hurt. Although you strive for harmony, when your values or ethics are violated, you can be very emotional, confrontational, and even punishing. However, you are very insightful about the underlying cause of conflicts, and an excellent communicator, so you have the tools to bring about a quick and peaceful resolution as long as you can keep control of your facilities. You want to be appreciated for your thoughtfulness and compassion. You need your partner to make a real effort to get to know you. Above all, you need to be able to express your feelings and have them taken seriously.

Your group summary: idealists (NF)

Your type summary: ENFJ

Take The LONG Scientific Personality Test at HelloQuizzy


Over the past year or so, I’ve made quite a few recipes from Kraft Foods and have really liked them. The kids liked them, too. This week, I’m feeling completely uninspired when it comes to menu planning, grocery shopping and food preparation, so I’m turning to Kraft to help me out. When I looked at the dinner recipes section, I saw the 1 bag, 5 dinners page. I’ve wanted to try some of these recipes for a while, so this week I’m taking the plunge.

Our dinners will be these: Bag 1 of the chicken and beef menu. The kids and I chose this menu because it has things that are kid-friendly. I also liked this one because meatballs are easy to make if I don’t want to use store-bought ones – or I can use frozen meatballs if I don’t feel like messing with making them.

With the menu and recipes printed out and posted on the fridge, the kids can start dinner and have it almost ready by the time I get home, which any parent loves. I feel relieved with the decision made and only the shopping left to do.

Added bonus: Kraft Foods has the nutritional values listed per serving for each recipe, so no extra work is required for J. to know how much insulin she’ll need to cover her carbs for dinner.

no bolus

Diabetes stinks. Having a twelve year old with diabetes stinks.

J. was very mean and not her usual happy self when I got home from work when I asked her to help bring in some things from the car. Then when I saw her having a snack- right before dinner – I asked if she’d done an insulin bolus to cover the carbs in her snack. When she started yelling, I asked her to check her blood sugar. She threw down the snack and started yelling for me to leave her alone. I made her let me check her insulin pump and saw that she’d not done a single insulin bolus (to cover food) since yesterday at 5:45pm. We ate dinner around 7pm on Monday. It’s now almost 7pm on Tuesday.

I made her check her blood sugar and it’s 245. Not as high as I thought it would be. Her higher afternoon bolus and her mile walk home from school must have helped lower it some.

I’m worried about her. And exhausted from worrying about her health and her attitude regarding herself and diabetes. It’s so hard to know what to do to help, to encourage good behavior, to discourage poor choices, to discourage self-harm and encourage healthy habits.

laughter yoga

Yesterday at the Farmers Market, Chrissie and I saw a little circle of people over to the side of the building taking deep breaths, making faces at each other and laughing. As we stood in line to buy some veggies (tomatoes, okra, eggplant, squash and cucumbers), we saw that other people in line were noticing and asking about those laughing people too. The stand owner and her daughter said that they thought the laughers were called THE LAUGH SQUAD or something like that. They weren’t sure why they were over there laughing, but thought it might be to bring smiles to market patrons.

As we were walking away, Chrissie and I saw a sign that said LAUGHTER YOGA and had an arrow pointing in their direction over there under the trees. I was a little skeptical, having not ever heard of laughter yoga until that moment.

Guess what? It really does exist! It’s not some made-up thing that a bunch of weird Oklahomans were doing at the Farmers Market to entertain the masses. It’s an actual form of exercise. Even Oprah agrees (scroll to the bottom of the linked page to see a quote from Oprah about laughter yoga).

Since I like laughing and all (see the name of my blog), I’m thinking this might be the perfect form of exercise for me to explore. 🙂

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Children and and Ages of Bloggers

1. Do you worry about your next birthday? Not one bit.

2. Have you ever lied about your age in the recent past? If yes why? No.

3. Have you ever lied about your age when you were young? If yes why?

4. How much older have you been than a person that you were romantically involved with? a year or two

5. How much younger have you been a person that you were romantically involved? 4 years

6. Have you ever been consider a sibling, rather than parent of your child? No

7. If you have had children, did you factor in age when deciding to have a sibling? My children were born very close together. 15 yr old daughter is 20 months older than 13 yr old son.  Son is 13 months older than12 yr old daughter.  At the time I felt like I was crazy, or on the road to insanity at least.  Now I’m happy they’re close in age.  They are good friends with each other and look out for each other.

8. If you have not had children, are you happy with your choice and/or fate? I’m happy that I have my children.

9. Do your siblings have kids? Are you close to them? Their ages? Yes, my 2 sisters have children. Close in distance? Yes, to one sister and her family. My other sister lives south of Dallas – not sure how many miles away that is (I’m in the Oklahoma City area). Ages: Niece 23 (or maybe 24?), Niece 22, Niece 18, Nephew 17, Niece 14, Niece 10, Nephew 10, Nephew 8, Nephew 8, Niece 5, Nephew 5, Niece 3, Nephew 1.

Whew! I’m tired after trying to get all of that straight. I hope I have their ages right!


Stress at work.  So much stress that I feel nauseated. For a life-long stress-eater, this is a pretty big deal.  And also probably not a Weight Watchers approved method of weight loss.

Snakes and tarantulas in the 7th grade science classrooms.  J. thinks she absolutely cannot go back to science.  She doesn’t want to be around snakes or spiders.  Or the lab rats that will be running around the classroom later this semester. The teacher will be walking around with his boa constrictor during class – he had it in the hallway today.

Tapeworms.  Possibly Smokey’s worms.  If Smokey has them, Sophie probably does too.  We’ll know soon and will begin treatment.  GROSS!

I’m ready to go to bed and start fresh tomorrow.  Yes, I know it’s only 6:45pm.  Stop laughing at me.

a big day

Today is the first day of school for my children.

It’s also the long awaited release of the latest Jonas Brothers album.

Get out your party shoes!  🙂

the dreaded upgrade

I’ve been procrastinating about updating my version of WordPress for a.g.e.s. Expecting it to be a complete and total nightmare since I’m not very techie, I’ve read through the installation section of “WordPress for Dummies” several times, have read the WP upgrade instructions several times and still didn’t feel confident about doing anything without causing big problems.

Tonight, I was about to draft an email to my hosting company and ask them if they could upgrade for me and how much it would cost when I decided to read through all my correspondence from them from when I set up my site to see if anything was there. I found an old email that I had received from Blogs About Hosting and realized that I had been procrastinating and worrying for no reason. All I had to do was open the program in my cpanel called “fantastico” and click on the “upgrade” button. Everything was completely done in a matter of seconds.

Whew! Don’t I feel silly!

By the way, if you’re in the market for a hosting company or are having trouble with yours, I highly recommend Blogs About Hosting. I’ve not had a single bit of trouble or dissatisfaction since the day my site was up and running. They were very helpful and patient with all my questions and have very reasonable hosting fees – very important things, in my opinion, when searching for someone to host your website/blog.


I can almost hear the sighs of contentment as my daughters rifle through stacks of notebooks and loose leaf binders and choose pens and pencils to take to class with them tomorrow. The room is completely silent (aside from the pecking of keys I’m doing) as they look over their schedules for the hundredth time and carefully write their names in agendas, notebooks and folders. They’ve been talking about which teachers they will have this year, how they have missed their friends and are excited to begin a new school year tomorrow.

My son is another story. He could care less about school supplies and thinks school is a social event set up only for him to show up and entertain the masses. If he happens to learn something along the way, fine. If not, that’s ok with him, too. I’m not sure how that child winds up with A’s and B’s each semester.

cake wrecks blog

I came across a blog today that is dedicated to cake wrecks.  I laughed so hard that I cried and my children thought I was losing my mind.

This particular cake brought gales of laughter.

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Working in the Coalmines

1. What is your job and do you like it? I love my job! I work for a medical billing company.

2. What to you do to unwind after work? Go for a walk after dinner if it’s not 100 degrees (F) outside and/or read a book.

3. Who have you known the longest of your friends? I think that would be Chrissie, since I’ve technically known her for longer than I’ve known Julie.  🙂

4. Who do you go to for advice? Mom or Dad

5. Not counting your current relationship, how many times have you been in love? No current relationship.  Answer:  Once (ex-husband).

6. What is you favorite snack food? Tortilla chips with salsa and avocado

7. What is the best meal you ate this week?  I cannot remember.  I guess that means everything was boring.  Fun, huh?

8. What to you is the most important factor in romantic attraction? Friendship.

9. What do you think is your worst habit?  Procrastination (things without deadlines tend to get pushed to the bottom of the list).


For her 15th birthday, oldest daughter got contacts.  She has refused to wear her glasses for several years, so walking out with contacts in, she could see detail that she’d forgotten she was missing out on. It was really fun to see her noticing everything around her.