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i am scared.


My husband is building me another storage item. I am drowning and tripping in ScrapAddict kits and he means to help me solve this very serious problem. He's finally using his electric nail gun and I'm sure he flexes his manly muscles down there in the garage every time he handles that thing. It scares me to death, making all that noise. The nail gun, I mean. I know it's going to take my eyes out. Thank goodness he is taking precautions and is wearing safety goggles. Otherwise, how will he ever lay his eyes on his glorious wife again?

Next project: a stamp pad holder. :)

the purple pill.

It's no secret that my hubby is allergic to EVERYTHING! Dairy, tomatoes, herbs, oranges, virtually all foods. As much as I love his red hair, it's a curse sometimes! It doesn't really stop him really. He eats like everyone else. Then he suffers with the worst heartburn as a result. Zantac everyday and no real changes. He's lived with it so long that it's just part of his daily life. After years of acid reflux, he finally went to the gastroenterologist to get some advice and maybe to get a cure. They gave him Nexium, the purple pill. So far so good.

Found these side effects on their official site:

Body as a Whole: abdomen enlarged, allergic reaction, asthenia,   back pain, chest pain, chestpain substernal, facial edema, peripheral edema,   hot flushes, fatigue, fever, flu-like disorder, generalized edema, leg edema,   malaise, pain, rigors; Cardiovascular: flushing, hypertension,   tachycardia; Endocrine: goiter; Gastrointestinal:   bowel irregularity, constipation aggravated, dyspepsia, dysphagia, dysplasia   GI, epigastric pain, eructation, esophageal disorder, frequent stools, gastroenteritis,   GI hemorrhage, GI symptoms not otherwise specified, hiccup, melena, mouth disorder,   pharynx disorder, rectal disorder, serum gastrin increased, tongue disorder,   tongue edema, ulcerative stomatitis, vomiting; Hearing: earache,   tinnitus; Hematologic:anemia, anemia hypochromic, cervical lymphoadenopathy,   epistaxis, leukocytosis, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia; Hepatic:   bilirubinemia, hepatic function abnormal, SGOT increased, SGPTMetabolic/Nutritional:   glycosuria, hyperuricemia, hyponatremia, increased alkaline phosphatase, thirst,   vitamin B12 deficiency, weight increase, weight decrease; Musculoskeletal:   arthralgia, arthritis aggravated, arthropathy, cramps, fibromyalgia syndrome,   hernia, polymyalgia rheumatica; Nervous System/Psychiatric: anorexia,   apathy, appetite increased, confusion, depression aggravated, dizziness, hypertonia,   nervousness, hypoesthesia,   increased; impotence, insomnia, migraine, migraine aggravated,   paresthesia, sleep disorder, somnolence, tremor, vertigo, visual field defect;   Reproductive: dysmenorrhea, menstrual disorder, vaginitis; Respiratory:   asthma aggravated, coughing, dyspnea, larynx edema, pharyngitis, rhinitis, sinusitis;   Skin and Appendages: acne, angioedema, dermatitis, pruritus, pruritus   ani, rash, rash erythematous, rash maculo-papular, skin inflammation, sweating   increased, urticaria; Special Senses: otitis media, parosmia,   taste loss, taste perversion; Urogenital: abnormal urine, albuminuria,   cystitis, dysuria, fungal infection, hematuria, micturition frequency, moniliasis,   genital moniliasis, polyuria; Visual: conjunctivitis, vision abnormal.

Jeez! This pill is amazing. It gives us more than we asked for. I'm not really concerned with anything but the menstrual disorder and vaginitis. Poor hubby. It must be so hard to have female parts. Ha! I was a bit worried about another side effect: impotence. Yikes! But after last night, I'm not that worried anymore! :) Jeff must be so happy that I only talked about his sperm  once today. :)

where oh where can she be?

Been MIA lately. I've been in this funk and I know it's because of PMS. My cousin had her baby boy and while I don't begrudge her happiness, twinges of longing for a baby of my own came back like lightning. I've been OK recently. Focusing on family and scrapbooking and work. I've really been OK, even preparing for my cousin's birth and offering free babysitting. Hey, I know CPR and I can change diapers like nobody's business. But nothing really prepared me for my feelings of inadequacy and sadness when I am reminded AGAIN of what I do not have. I have to do this for myself every so often, pumping myself up, and telling myself things are OK. When I think I am fine with the world, I remember. And as I write this, I am OK again. I just have to remind myself that it is fine to have these feelings. I will not deny myself my natural reactions. It would be unhealthy. But I have to forgive myself for being human, that while I am blessed with many things, my life is not always rosy. It is OK to cry sometimes and feel sadness, but today, I am able to smile.

she popped.

My cousin, Melissa, finally gave birth to little Ryan Matthew yesterday. He is beautiful and had to be taken via Cesarean because he was too big to push out. We Fillipinos think it's her white husband's fault. Ha! Good thing, too, because he had his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.


More photos to come!

drowning in ribbons.

Hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day. After Mass, we went to a buffet with my 2 moms (biological and in-law) and the rest of my family. As always, everything was chaos. Trying to control 17 hungry people can never turn out well. But we survived. :)

I have spent all morning trying to organize (yes, again!) the scrap area. My husband has finished building, sanding, and painting a ribbon holder for my mess of ribbons and it has turned out spectacular. Now they are all in one spot and that is, according to Martha Stewart, a good thing.

Here's the before:


And after:


Thanks, dear husband, for enabling my ribbon addiction! :)

how did they know?

Chippendales003_4 What could possibly make them think that nurses would like this sort of thing. Gyrating, half-naked men? Who wants that? :) It's a sad, sad world when Chippendale dancers have a better gift for the nurses than the hospital. This is how nurses all over the world should be appreciated. Who's coming with me?