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  1. Not closer to work, we realized it was easier to have him commute than me with all my health issues.
  2. A lull sounds lovely, doesn't it?
  3. Thought I would give a quick update. Things here are doing pretty good, actually! Alex is doing well with his job, he just got a small raise. His division did very well but not all divisions hit their goals so it was a bit smaller than prior years had been. It's his first raise since he started and we were excited to get it! Our budget is balanced, we are getting ready to move to a larger apartment and are selling out all that we can from the storage unit. Not that it's necessary, this apartent comes with lots of big closets and even a storage room... but why not downsize and make money
  4. SatinSky

    I'm moving

    I wish you lived near me, my ILs just downsized and have a futon and kitchen stuff to give away. I would have loved being able to help! I'm glad you are giving yourself a space that is your own, I actually think it is really important as you get used to this new phase of life to be able to establish yourself in your own place.
  5. I did not pass the test to do the second job from home. There is another project on that site that would only allow an hour a day of work, it would still be an extra $200-300 a month and is worth it to try. My friend said it was easier, probably more suited to my frazzled and tired brain at the end of the day. So, we keep trucking. I was so happy to send that snowball payment, I will have to update numbers soon. For now, breakfast... I'm starving and need to start my day!
  6. I'm dealing with a lot of health stuff right now. I HAVE to have gluten to find out if what is going on with my body is also Celiac. It isn't just a question of whether not eating it made me feel better but the doctors and I need to know what is really happening to me so I might actually start healing properly. So, I've got headaches and awful dry skin again... my stomach hurts every day again as well but luckily that side effect hasn't been as harsh as I thought it would because the lactose free dairy is helping. Because of all of this, I work VERY hard to make sure that my class is ru
  7. I tried making mozzarella once, it was not super successful. Haha! I already had a fairly new bag each of vegan cheddar and mozzarella, some goat cheese and sheep's feta when they said to try adding in lactose free dairy. I will just use that up first. I just really miss cheese, I wasn't really missing gluten. I had a shake for dinner made with Lactaid just now. It was so much creamier than the almond milk makes it! Delicious!
  8. I actually have both in the house! They're just saltier than others but I love them!
  9. I grabbed a package of Flinstones Complete at Publix and it was $7 for two months worth. Not too bad! My stomach hurt today... I think I will be less excited about gluten and much more careful from now until the test.
  10. Thanks! I was quite happy to have a big bowl of pasta with shrimp, mushrooms, olive oil and parmesan cheese just now. Accoring to the nutritionist I should be able to have parmesan because it is virtually lactose free and since you use so little of it there is little effect. so far no issues... I'm pretty excited to get some yummy food in me!
  11. So far it has done exactly opposite of what I expected. But that is ok, I will see how the days play out. Hoping to either be told I an continue to eat gluten because it isn't doing anything to me or that I have celia and get an answer.
  12. So, now that I've been gluten free for several months, it is time to eat gluten again! I went to Vanderbilt University today and met with the team that will be taking care of me at the IBD Center. The GI will be doing another colonosopy with an endoscopy right before Thanksgiving, she needs to see if the gluten has an effect on me so I have to eat it again. I'm munching on REAL pretzels right now! The kind that cost $2 for a big bag, not $4 for a tiny bag. They're stale and delicious to me! They also told me to try Lactaid milk or a low or no lactose cheese. She suspects I am severely l
  13. All test results were normal! I'm so relieved! Now we can work on her belly aches with Miralax and probably a trip to a pediatric allergist to check for food allergies. At least so far there is no evidence of IBD or celiac!
  14. I have never felt worse as a parent than I did today having to hold Hope down for blood work. Why did it make me feel so guilty? She's being checked for inflammation markers in her blood as well as Celiac. I don't know how to handle my baby being sick like I am. I hear from so many people with IBD that they chose not to have biological children for fear of passing it on. I wasn't diagnosed when I had Naomi but with the twins it was so well controlled I didn't worry about things like that. I am so worried my little Hope is headed towards a life of medicine, constant belly aches, dietary res
  15. I know, you all said to stop taking them. My coworker said she had another box of uniform clothes, since Naomi stained so much of her stuff I went ahead and took it. The last box of clothes much of it went to donate, I took some clothing for the girls and a good amount of uniform clothes. Then, I sold most of the uniform clothes that were the wrong style for our school. I only had to do 5 minutes of extra work to sell it and my sweet coworker had car trouble this week so I was happy to surprise her with $20 from selling the extra pieces today. The bag she gave me had more stuff for Naomi f
  16. Thanks! Alex and I talked it over and decided that since there is time before te class would even be available that we are going to table the thought. I need to get through this year of teaching with my health intact and reassess. My friend gave me a referral link to her online job (real job, been supporting her for almost a year) and I'm going to check it out once I get through my referral at Vanderbilt. My darn health always gets in the way lately!
  17. That's awesome!! I have been giving some serious consideration to simply not going back to work when the twins finish preschool. I feel like there is always so much to do and I'm always so stressed out about it. It sounds pretty much amazing to have that stress relieved.
  18. I'm not headed to school this year either. Considering waiting until the twins start Kindergarten and looking into not working at all and just going to school for a year. I should be able to complete the 37 credits needed to get my teaching degree in that time period. It depends on whether we can afford for me not to work, or to work part time at something from home. My body would appreciate it, that's for sure! I had another push through the pain day at work today!
  19. Lol, I actually DO like asparagus but I can't eat it!
  20. The FAFSA estimator says we don't qualify for any grants. I wasn't sure what to put in there though, because I don't know which degree path is right for me. There is a post baccalaureate degree for early childhood education and there are master's programs. I'm guessing if I really have 2-3 years to get it done then looking into the master's programs will be more beneficial financially in the end. I let the Head of School know that I was looking into a program that would possibly take 2 years and she said the timing was hopefully perfect! I'm also going to let her know that I would be i
  21. That's the school! I think telling myself we have to pay off at least one debt first is a great motivator. I will check out the FAFSA estimator though! I'm so happy for my friend who only has to pay a little, it's helping her realize her dream of being a special education teacher!
  22. The Head of School at Naomi's school was chatting with me about how she wished the school had the Junior Kindergarten class back. Then she offhandedly asked me if I would like to teach it if they got it back! It took me by surprise, I didn't know what to say. I told her I didn't have a teaching degree, I had a degree in Religious Studies. She said she would check to find out if for that age I needed a degree or a license would work. So, now I have this in the back of my mind at all times, haha! I would LOVE to teach at Naomi's school! I had been considering letting her know j was intereste
  23. Oh, but I would definitely recommend Southwest for regular travel! Customer service is always hit or miss in any airline, but I just had the best experience with them. When I found out about the memorial service I frantically started searching to see if I could switch my flight. I called customer service to see if they could help because I didn't have enough points to make the change. Once I explained the situation the man on the phone changed it for me with no extra charge because the flight was not full. It was so nice of him!
  24. When we went back to doing stupid while Alex was out of work we both got Southwest cards. We were using the cards for every day expenses and for daycare costs. Considering they gave us each 50,000 points when we started using them, plus the points we racked up, we had a lot. With Southwest of you catch a sale soon enough you can get tickets super cheap. That's how they never seem to go away! We haven't added to the points in a very long time, the cards are obviously gone (and we are still dealing with the emotional fallout of having made such bad choices) but we still have points. Collectively
  25. A very close friend passed away. It was the mother in a mother/daughter family I have been close to for about 14 years. I hadn't been in touch in a long time and I feel awful about that, I didn't know her cancer had come back because I had been so sick the last couple of months that I hadn't called and they didn't want to stress me out. They know stress aggravates my disease. They assumed she would beat it again. Instead I got a call on Saturday that she had passed away. I didn't know what to do... the daughter was getting married Sunday. In Judaism one of the few things you can delay a
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