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Refreshing summer treats

I had an amazing day of eating.

I rediscovered my new favorite drink: homemade ginger ale. I used to buy the same ginger syrup all the time but it was always too sweet and never tangy enough. But on impulse I bought some today to try it again. All it needed was 3 drops of ginger essential oil to give it that bite I was looking for. I mixed it with some soda water from my Soda Stream, and voila!  

  I also bought a mega bag of broccoli at Costco. Normally most of it would go to waste, but I used 100% of it making this:

Broccoli, bacon, mozerella and red onion salad with a homemade (sugar, mayo, red wine) vinegarette. It is such a refreshing salad for a hot day like today.

I love summer. Even though I’m not working right now (so everyday is like summer), there’s something about this time of year that is so magical. 

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I’m totally cutting the cable cord now

The girls and I went to Walmart yesterday and made an impulse purchase: A $49 Roku. It is a tiny box that streams online programming through wifi to your TV. There are free channels, pay-per-view channels, weather channels, live channels, YouTube, Netflix, you name it, it’s there. 

I haven’t done a lot of exploring because so far we can’t get past YouTube – where the girls found their favorite TV shows – Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and Rastamouse (they discovered both shows while in Australia and were so disappointed when they figured out they didn’t play them in America!).  

 Anyway, after playing around with it for a bit, I wondered why WOULDN’T we cut cable? The Roku has no monthly fees. Once you buy it, that’s it. We currently pay a whopping $136 every month for TV. If I cut just the cable, it would go down to just $55 (I would still have my house alarm and Internet to pay for). Wow, in one month the Roku will have paid for itself! 

Plus, it’s convenient. You’re no longer waiting for specific shows to come on. You just need to do a search and its right there! Believe it or not, the Roku also finally gives us an easy way to watch Netflix (rather than through the computer) and I love that we can unplug and take it with us anywhere. 

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Beautiful story

I’ve been following the blog of this mother of 3 for a few years now and followed intermittently through her journey. This is a really beautifully written post about the progress of her two youngest children.  

As a teacher during report card time, I take hours upon days to ponder how narrate three months of learning, behaviors, and milestones onto one tiny square on a piece of paper. And honestly I don’t feel like anyone really reads it. But I guess they do. 


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So, I went to the ER last night

Around dinner time, I started to feel faint. Whenever I moved, I started to black out. It progressed so quickly that by the time I stumbled to my bed, I couldn’t turn my head without feeling dizzy. It was like being extremely drunk, because when I walked – no matter how much I focused – I could only stumble right. After a couple hours I needed to use the restroom (bad idea to drink 2 venti sized teas in one day!) and that’s when it all came apart.

I partly crawled and partly dragged my body across the floor. Every time  I got up on all 4s to move myself a few feet, I fell over. I didn’t know what was going on and I felt so out of control that I started crying.  My mind was totally coherent but my body was completely out of control. My girls started to worry and brought me everything from crackers and water to pillows and blankets – in the bathroom while I lay in the fetal position for an hour. 

Anyway, after a few calls to grandparents, a couple frantic texts to R, and a call to 911, my dad ended up driving  me to the ER where they diagnosed me with vertigo. Did you know 3% of all ER visits are for vertigo? I was so embarrassed because by the time I had gotten there, the fainting feeling had passed. (Upside: I got complete blood work done and I was super healthy. No thyroid, blood pressure normal, etc.)  They couldn’t figure out what caused the Vertigo – but when I stumbled to the bathroom they said I dislodged whatever (crystal) was in my ear that was shaking my equilibrium.

I liken it to having a migraine without the actual pain. And now that I’ve gone through it I know that there are moves I can do with my body whenever I feel it’s onset to relieve and reset my inner ears.

It sure was scary though. In a million years I would never go to the ER (unless you count that one time- the first time I discovered I had migraines), much less call an ambulance to my house for myself, but it was that bad. I probably should have called for help earlier.  It would’ve been awful for my girls to be alone if I suddenly passed out.

But today, my mom is here for the week and we are back to normal. Thank goodness for parents.  And at least I know my kids know what to do in an emergency.

Here’s a video on what to do if you have vertigo. This was totally me! This particular type of vertigo is related to having a history of motion sickness (me) and migraines (me again!). Mystery solved!