This will be a hodge podge of an entry. Nothing in particular to talk about but a lot going on, I guess.

Mikhail is sick again. He’s been sick for the past few days now. He stayed home from school yesterday and almost today too but I wouldn’t allow for it. I figure if he’s bad enough they’ll call me. They already ‘scolded’ me for keeping him home too many times so I’m trying not to get scolded again. That means sending a sick kid to school, so be it. They want him in school that badly and want to reprimand the parents for keeping them home when he has a 103.6°F fever for six days straight, then I’m going to send him when he’s got a stuffy nose and barking cough. How ridiculous is that? Just saying it seems ridiculous to me. Then again, he’s up to ’24’ days absent, which is actually only 12 because they count the A.M. as an absence and the P.M. as an absence. Stupid if you ask me! Whatever though. Every time I’ve ever sent him to school with an supposed ailment, he’s stayed the entire day at school without any phone calls to Mom. In fact, the ONLY time I’ve ever received a phone call from school was when he got whacked in the face by some kid and his eye was a little red. I was even shocked to hear it was the elementary school and not the middle school. The middle school likes to call me quite often with this or that that is wrong with Nick.

We’ll see how things go today. He won’t arrive to school until about 10 minutes from now anyway. They may call me, they may not. If they do call me, I don’t expect to be sending him to school tomorrow either. He’s too sick to go today, he’s not going to miraculously get better by tomorrow, right? Not going to send him today, go pick him up, then send him tomorrow, just so I have to go pick him up. I guess in the end, I’m trying to prove a point… the wrong way of doing it, but that’s what it boils down to.

 Coffee woes </3

Unfortunately, I think I’m going to have to stop drinking coffee in the afternoons, or switch to *gasp* decaf. I absolutely love having a pot of coffee in the afternoon. It relaxes me. I love the taste. I love the warmth. Usually by 2-3 pm, I am freezing! The temperature has had enough time to drop down to the scheduled temperature of 65°F in the house and I’m getting Mikhail off the bus, so I am COLD! I have a pot of coffee to unwind from the day’s chaos, warm up, and wake up. The unfortunate aspect of this is that I am getting jittery from all the caffeine. I can feel my heart ‘skipping a beat or fluttering’. Which I know now is something along the lines of PVCs or premature ventricular contractions; that’s what they kept asking Nick when he was having PVCs, “Do your heart feel like it’s fluttering or skipping a beat?” So I’m not sure if that’s what I’m having but it has me a little concerned.

My pulse has been super high lately too. The other day I registered it on my S5 and it said my heart rate was up to 92 beats. They say the normal for my age and weight is 66-82. Makes me think about what I’m doing with all this coffee and how it’s effecting my health but none of this has been enough to not brew a second pot in the afternoon. I always feel like “Ehh, I’ll be fine!” but I need to start watching myself.

Maybe instead of brewing an entire pot in the afternoon, I’ll brew a single cup. I do have a single cup option on my coffee pot, so why not use that?

Honestly, I feel like if I stop drinking coffee all together, I could eventually lose weight and that the sugar (I feel is a small amount) is what is preventing me from losing it. I have tried drinking coffee without any sugar whatsoever and just added milk and while I can do it, I just don’t enjoy it as much. I need to either stop drinking coffee all together, or limit myself to only drinking 2-3 cups in the morning, or lower or exclude sugar in each cup, or something. I will figure it out. I love my coffee. I’m known very well for the love of my coffee.

 Master To-Do List

I’m in the process of creating a “Master To-Do List” for myself. I have been reading lots of different articles on Pinterest about time management and such. I have learned a few techniques that I want to give a try. One of those techniques is a master to-do list that you write out, including every single little detail of each and every category, plus the amount of time it takes you complete that task, then when you’re looking for something to do and want to prioritize the tasks during the day, you can look at your single to-do list. Hmm, saying it out loud doesn’t sound like I really know what I’m talking about. I’ll be honest, I really don’t. This is all still a learning curve to me. I haven’t really experimented with time management or task handling of my chores and such. I’ve always done what I thought worked but I realize I waste WAY too much time on the computer and not enough time getting stuff done offline. I have a long list of things to do online too though. Keeping up with four blogs each day is time consuming. I only write in this blog every few days but it takes a good 30-60 minutes per day that I write my blogs out depending on what I have to say. This particular blog, I’ve been working on it since 8 am and it’s now 8:45 so yea. I am also distracted from the news, my coffee, and waiting for a response from my sister regarding her non-updated computer.

I don’t know, I need a new system. Writing down each Monday that I’m going to clean the kitchen just doesn’t work anymore. I had a time schedule in my planner but I never followed that either. I’ve even gone as far as making out time blocks in 15 minute increments and said what I’d do but I never follow that either. I am in desperate need of something that works for me.

We’ll see what I come up with during my research. I’ll let you all know.

I suppose I’ll end this here. I have some things that need to be done and I’m totally expecting a phone call within the next 20-30 minutes to go pick up Mikhail. Talk to you all soon.

written on at 8:51 am || Filed under: Ohana, Parenting, Struggles

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