Yesterday I sat down in my bedroom to clean the weekend mess and put away all the clean clothes I'd been procrastinating on. I flipped on the Roku and watched a movie to pass the time and with like 30 mins left the girls decided to come in the house instead of playing outside. Fine, no problem, until Kathleen brings me a blister pack of Benadryl and says Sammi ate some.

Kathleen was kind enough to show me half a pill on the floor and there were two blisters open. I probably should have called the Poison control center and wouldn't have had to worry about the ER trip, but I wasn't going to wait just in case. So we piled in and went to the ER.

Thankfully what she could have eaten was a non toxic dose. They gave her some charcoal which she drank half of on her own, and I had to use a syringe to help the rest go down, she was covered in black from fighting me, but thankfully the shirt will be mostly okay, it was dark brown, except the pink sleeves.

We went to Walmart afterward as I had to keep her awake for the next 6 hours and that was a good place to kill some time. We stopped at the in store McDonald's to get some food in the girls, and some caffeine, but they weren't taking cards so I had to go do my little bit of shopping for sprite for Sammi to keep hydrated with, and get some cash. We ate in the store then left to go home where the girls finished their lunch and played with their Dragon toys.

Sammi is doing fine I probably didn't need to go to the ER just call poison control, I have a scale this time lol but I cautioned on the safe side this time instead of waiting longer.

I still have NO idea where she got it. Shea and I just cleaned out the bathroom and threw them outside in the garbage and went on last Thursday. The only place I can think that she might have gotten them was in a "junk" drawer in the kitchen that I must not have closed all the way cause it's really hard to open and close. I will be cleaning that out to make sure no more pills are lying around. I really thought we'd had everything up out of reach *sighs*. And Sammi is ten times worse than Kathleen was about putting things in her mouth.

Rae got her bio posted so we can start writing together. yay! Now the writing has started - By the Ferry. It's not much so far but even if it's just me and Rae maybe my writing bug will be satisfied. Though I'm hoping once we get started, more people will join us. We have a few lurkers and one other contributor, but Neon Elf is in the middle of moving to a new state where he's a new job so he's not been around working on building the world up. Hopefully he'll be around after he gets settled, and maybe we can pull him into some RPing with us. We'll see how things go once they get better.

If you are interested in reading or even doing some world building exercises, we'd love to have you. Come check us out at wot.just-us.net, we'd love to see you there.

Yesterday we had Samantha's 3rd birthday party. While the girls and and their little church friend (a friend of the family's boy) had an awesome time it wasn't as big as it could have been. Their little cousin showed up for a little while and Sammi was a bit mean to her, she was pushing her thankfully the little girl was a tough one and got right back up with no problems. Sammi got a talking to and a smack on the diaper it didn't happen again thankfully.

The kids played with the bubble machine Mam bought for the birthday party. The hunted easter eggs. Then we went inside for cake ice cream and presents. Sammi got quite the haul. She got a big tonka truck, several construction vehichles, a garbage truck and cop truck that have sounds. A recycle truck with "legos" and parts, a farm set from her Aunt Stacey and Uncle Mig, a John Deer tractor with wagon and a pig and cow puppet set that were the only girly thing she got. Oh yes and an inflatable chair and a pair of Dora sunglasses.

The kids then went outside and hunted eggs again. Then everyone went home. Of course the kids fell asleep on the way back from Mam and Pawpaw's house, as usual when we leave at 4pm. But thankfully they went to sleep relatively easily at 8pm when it was time for them to sleep. I was exhausted so I was glad for that. I slept great until: 3:11am which I'm not sure why I woke up then. I didn't get up until 7am when the girls woke up, minus the time I spent awake fixing Shea' lunch at 4am. But the sleep was all good and the girls are now playing outside or rather Kitten is and Sammi's playing with her toys inside.

It was a good day, next week will be similar.

Welp, had my MRI done today. They didn't say anything and I'm pretty sure I nodded off in that noisy thing and started myself but I know not to move so I think it was just me mentally jerking cause I was frozen still while lying there.

They sent me home with a disk for any referrals, if there are any. I'll just keep it with all our other paperwork for now. The doctor will get a report of it all, with out another scheduled appointment makes me wonder what is next.

Also turned in the heart holter thingie I wore for the past 24 hours and I was ready for it to go the damn sticky pads were making me itch like crazy. That'll take a better part of a week to get results back so we'll see what he says.

So not it's a waiting game.

I'm still tracking my headaches, not so much my food anymore, that's a bit more annoying and I'm pretty sure that it's not relative to anything. I will however continue to track meds of any kind, specifically any Over-the-counter meds I take for various other pains - which to date I've not taken any of. I'll record any caffeine I have too.

So now we wait.

I had a doctor appointment today related to last Thursday's post about that weird fall I had in the morning.

He thinks it was a syncope or more easily put "fainting" - a loss of conscientiousness and posture. I do not recall "passing out" just falling down. There was no black out nothing, major wobbly knees and I "fell down". But as I was looking u syncope, I also noticed it could be related to migraine attacks. I did have an aura around 4pm and I did have a headache after I "fell". So it's possible, but I didn't black out or anything so I'm still skeptical.

Today's appointment let to some testing and more testing to follow. Thursday I will go to get a Holter monitor put on. Basically monitoring my heart for 24 hours. Then on Friday I will turn it in for their analysis and then I will go a few streets down for a MRI of the brain. Today they took some blood, did an EKG of my heart and an echo of my heart. The only results I have is the EKG and the doctor said that was fine.

My biggest concerns are brain tumor of course, anemia and diabetes. Three things that could be life altering. So we'll see what this all comes to.

Today I moved the van to the park so that the painters next door wouldn't accidentally get spray on it. I jogged back from the park as I didn't want the girls to wake up with me gone. As I got to the porch I started to feel like I was going to fall down, my knees felt like jelly . I don't know how to explain it but it was like I folded in on myself as I 'fell'. There was a weird feeling in my stomach as I moved. I just laid their for several seconds going what the hell was that.

I was able to get back up to my knees and crawl in the house, my knees still didn't feel like they could hold me. After getting into the house I felt better and could get up and walk.

I have a slight pain in my belly where I felt weird at and my back aches. They may not be related to headaches but I thought this was worth noting in my headache journal.

But needless to say it has me concerned. I still don't feel top of my game, but that's probably the adrenaline still in my system from that freak out, as this is typically how I feel after that.

Note to others: When I feel I first sat down then went backwards to lay down it wasn't really falling I didn't hurt myself in anyway falling. And I am keeping myself indoors as much as possible today and near a wall or something. I really don't know what it was all about and I now have a slight headache on the left side. Something else to note in the journal. I kinda felt this one coming on earlier this morning. And I have no Imatrix either. Hope it's not bad.

This past Saturday we spend the day at Shea's folks house, helping them with some yard chores. We'll be back up again sometime soon for Shea to implement his water system idea, but we don't know when yet.

But at the end of the day we went to Miss Neice's and got our hair cut. The girls first got their normal trims and they look adorable in them as usual. They were both very good and sat very still.

I was next and got mine chopped off. Approximately 9 inches or so off which was donated for wigs. Which is really cool.

Shea got his typical cut and hopefully we'll be all good to go for a while.

I got my hair chopped for one reason, to help reduce the headaches. I've been having headaches I can't account for and I don't know why I'm having them. It's possibly any number of things, most of which require a doctor visit of some sort.

1) Allergies (which testing is not covered by our insurance)
2) Need new glasses - just don't have the money to buy a new set, we can cover the exam but we'd still need to fork out 200 plus dollars for my new glasses, unless I want coke bottle lens made of plastic, which I really don't think will work for me anymore.
3) Some other thing causing my headaches.

So we tried cutting my hair first to see if it helps, it's only been a few days and with a caffeine withdrawl headache still lingering we won't know for a while if it's helping at all.

I like the cut okay. It's short but I can tuck it behind my ears and that's all I typically care about (the tucking behind the ears thing).

Yesterday I spend most of my day working on a theme form my journal.



I was working towards the herd theme, I was looking for farm pictures and found a herd of cows. I thought perfect.

Shea looked over and said something about the cows and I said,"Ya know raising the herd." He quickly followed. "Not Cows, cats, like herding cats." Since the name of the blog is something he calls all of us regularly - his herd. I figured I'd go look for a "herd of cats" I found a few pictures that would work but since I was trying for a spring theme I choose this one.

I've got the base coding done without any formatting or pretty stuff done. I have a few tweaks to make still to that, and then add in all the pretty stuff with CSS. Hopefully in a few days I'll have a new theme, but since it's Thursday, we'll see how that goes lol.

On a side note: The weather is warming up and we probably won't have the money to add any coolant to the AC unit, so we'll be in two rooms, possibly with the hallway able to be open if we can make some sort of doorway to block off the rest of the house with out ruining the walls.

I will be working on rearranging our bedroom here over the next couple of days in preparation of that. I have to clean the desk off in the corner so I can put my PC on it and move it to the corner by the closet. This is for two reasons. 1) Bubba's pen is nearly butted up against it, there would be no place to sit. 2) The long Ethernet cable that we had either the mice or Bubba ate, and we don't have the money to buy another one. We can use the existing cables we have if I move the desk.

I'll probably have to clean everything off by the TV so we can have the router and modem over there. The upside, the Roku might work faster if I hard wire it instead of use the wireless connection. Not that it matters much only thing we don't get a lot of is HD.

One good side affect of living in one/two rooms is that I might be able to potty train Samantha easier. It was definitely easier like that for Kathleen. The only big hindrance to us living in our bedroom is the eating thing. Last summer we moved the table to our room, with my desk where the table was we might have issues. Though we'll see if it's even needed. We don't typically eat at the table anymore anyway. And the girl's folding table is in our room and they use that during the day.

I have a need to write. It's one creative outlet short of Web Design that I love to do. But I have not been able to sit down and write a story/novel/book or anything like that. I start, but never get anywhere. I long to write with other people - cooperative fiction as the case may be, an RP for others, but writing none-the-less.

I've thought of making up my own world or using some existing world already created. I've tried to get into two different writing worlds and I just didn't feel right. So now I'm back to making my own. I wanted something quick and easy for me to start up and I wanted little maintenance on my part. So I created a Wheel of Time RPG. I am familiar with the world, as are my friends, and many others out there, so it was a logical place for me to go.

You can visit us at Web of Destiny. This is run a little differently than most rp sites I've been to, it's based on the honor system. Basically it's Peer Administration. We'll see how it goes. There are no admins to run things, there are admins but only to serve the purpose of fixing things when broken or to rectify a concern that couldn't be resolved by the individuals involved. Moderators are only around to insure we remain spam free and to remove or edit inappropriate material.

There are no title, no power to be had. It's all about your character being the hero. We are currently several years before the books in the series began. The Dragon has not been found much less revealed. One day in the future we might start adding in current events, but there will be no major interaction with those events, just your reactions to them.

I choose an out of the way place that we can have a pretty light hand with what exists and what doesn't exist - Mayene. While we know the First and we know a little bit about them, the main characters never go there, and we don't see any minor characters, we don't have much going on there, so we can establish a city that is under our own fine tooth comb with out getting in trouble with what's in the books.

The city is our world to create, ours to push into a direction we'd like to see. I know with out major direction some people might not feel comfortable, but there are those of us who like to come up with ideas, and I will try to create some city wide events that everyone (or a few) can participate in. I hope that you will come check us out, make a character (or lurk around) and help with the creativity we can unfold in a world we know but in a place we have mostly unlimited control over.

I read alot of blogs. A new blog called The Hedonist Cook wrote an article called Why American Cheese is Evil. Basically it's an article about her preference for cheese and the conversion of her friend to see the her point behind the cheese issue.

This kinda hit home. I like American Cheese. I love the way it melts on my grilled cheese sandwich. I grew up with American Cheese. But this does not mean that I don't love "real cheese", because I absolutely adore cheese (just not on my grilled cheese sandwich). I typically keep cheddar and mozzarella cheese in the house at all times. But we occasionally get other kind for different things - Swiss for chicken cordon bleu, pepper jack for various sandwiches. Since we are on a budget we don't get to spring for the a more varied cheese selection.

American cheese isn't the only food that I typically prefer in situations. I still love boxed macroni and cheese, even though I can make a pretty grand (yet very fattening) dish of macaroni and cheese from scratch.

No matter how many times I go to a coffee shop to get hot chocolate, I always end up saying that I still prefer my instant from a can hot chocolate or the instant stuff they typically server in gas stations. I was never big on homemade hot chocolate.

Same thing with mashed potatoes, up until a few years ago the only mashed potatoes I would eat were instant. The biggest reason was because almost all homemade mashed potatoes were lumpy. I can't stand lumpy mashed potatoes. I do make some nice mashed potatoes now with my lovely food processor, and I even will eat it with the lumps cause no matter how long I puree it, it still has lumps.

There might be a few other things that I truly enjoy that is prepackaged, but I rarely if ever buy prepackaged foods (except for these things and a few others I've not yet mastered from scratch). I realize my cooking has grown since coming down to Mississippi, and I thank a lot of that to the Food Network and all their afternoon instructions.

Two weeks ago Shea started out with a stomach bug that carried into a very nice chest cold. It wasn't a pretty week, and then the girls and I got sick. No matter how hard we try if Shea gets sick we all end up sick.

Poor Kathleen was so sick I was worried about Pneumonia. So I took them out to the doctor to make sure it wasn't that. We couldn't get an appointment so we waited 3 hours before we were seen. They were giving two shots - steroids and antibiotics to help them recover faster, and then we spent another 1.5 hours in the hospital waiting for chest x-rays to rule out pneumonia.

They started perking up halfway through that evening, while they still have a nice cough and runny noses they are doing much better, even their appetites are returning, thankfully. But I'm still not well. I feel better today, I didn't wake up with a hard cough, so I'm thinking I may have broken it, we'll see tonight. If I set back into the way I was feeling last night then I'll make an appointment to see the doctor. But today I think is a much better day.

So we'll wait and see. Meanwhile the girls get to finish off their antibiotics and work in some breathing treatements a few more times and hopefully they'll be cough free soon.

My Mom sent me two different types of bran when I couldn't find any here - wheat bran and oat bran. I've used most of the wheat bran up in my last blueberry muffins.

Today I think I will try this receipe for Oat Bran Blueberry Muffins. It doesn't look nearly as good as the other ones, but then again I don't have all those ingredients either, so we will try this one:

1 c. flour
1 c. oat bran
1/2 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/2 c. salad oil
1 c. (at least) fresh or frozen blueberries

Combine dry ingredients. Stir in liquid and berries all at once, just until blended. Fill standard 2 1/2 inch cups. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Makes 15 to 18 muffins.

INGREDIENTS

* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
2. Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
3. When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.
4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such as sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables.
5. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted on the top.

I made this a while ago but I didn't write about it. I split the dough in half and made two pizza's. One was great, the other was okay. The great one was made on the top shelf in a rectangluar cookie sheet. So this time I'm going to cook them one at a time both on top to see if that really was the case. First one on top, if it's too cruchy put it on the bottom but i'm pretty sure that the top rack is the correct one.

It was really good last time, now to test it out again. It's not a simple recipe cause of the yeast, but it's yummy anyway.

I've added three new pictures and set up a February theme on my journal, click through to see the changes. It's nothing drastic, just a color change.

Patterns are courtesy of Din Patterns

I just made 5 phone calls to some local preschools. I only liked two of the schools from what I heard about them. 1 made them wear uniforms which is typical of the public school system here, but it's not a public school, the other two were full day care centers and while I'm not opposed to being away from Kathleen that long Samantha might be. The two I liked are half days schools, one has a full day option that they told me about. Both are church affiliated (Methodist and Baptist). And they are worlds apart in cost.

First Methodist Preschool runs from 8:30 to 11:30 for $180 a month and First Baptist Church Day Care Center runs from 8 to 11:30 for $250 a month. I like the First Baptist one better from the enthusiasm the woman who answered the phone had about it.

The problem being we really can't afford either of them. I really wish we had a public preschool. There is only so much I can work on with Kathleen. She can't start Kindergarten this September because of her age. And she isn't quite ready for it. Half a day school would be great for her right now. Learn and then come home and play with Sissy.

Hopefully we'll be able to work something out. I can't rely on my freelancing to do the job as I don't make the same each week, and can't guarantee I'll make enough that we won't struggle with the rest of the bills. So we'll wait and see I guess.

Well I think I've managed to cut most of the caffeine out of my system. I had a bit much yesterday as I was not feeling well and got fast food so I didn't have to cook lunch while feeling like crap. So I might get a headache today but considering I'm not top of my game already it probably will be a really bad one lol. Though I have gone days with out any caffeine and gotten no headaches, so I think I'm over that particular hump, now to stay off of it. I do enjoy the carbonation, so I'm back to buying Sam's Choice Clear American "naturally" flavored water, that is no calorie and carbonated and has flavor since I do not like plain water. It gets that carbonation fix I generally drink soda for. We typically keep Key-lime in the house since Shea will drink it too, the other fruit flavors he doesn't like, but I did buy a couple strawberries for me. The girls call it Thirsty - not exactly sure why.

We are now all officially sick. Shea caught what we've had the past few days, unfortunately he's home from work today, but when he bent over this morning and got dizzy I kinda didn't like that so pushed a little more for him to stay home and get well instead of going to work. We need the money, but I need him more than I need the money. Dizzy and heights do not go well together and what he does is already dangerous enough with out me worrying about that. So I'm glad he's home. I just hope he can get some overtime this weekend to make up for it, but we'll see. Good thing is I got a maintenance contract that expired and my client is renewing so that's some income and I had a quick project last week so in 4 weeks well start making some extra money that way too. Hopefully my next project will be as quick. I'll try to pick one up today after the girls doctor appointment.

We aren't completely accident free now, but Kathleen has made excellent progress in that department in the past week. I tried threatening wearing diapers for accidents since nothing else seemed to work. But all it did was allow her to go in her pants with out much care. So after the second time of diapers I changed strategies and removed diapers and pullups from her completely. No longer are we doing pullups at night. Yes it's far more annoying to wake up and have to make a dry bed, but it's far easier in the potty training now. We've had only sleep time accidents since we started this particular thing. We are also on a timer, Grandma and Grandpa bought a potty watch for the girls. It has a set 30, 60 or 90 miniute count down on it and it restarts itself, which is awesome. It plays a song and lights up. She wore it the first day but now it just sits on my desk and she goes when it says to. I do turn it off and try to get her to go on her own, it has worked okay, we've not had any accidents.

I think it's also helpful that they are spending time in our room watching the Roku with it's new cartoons - dora and thomas the train that are streaming from netflix. I think in terms of what we paid for and what we have watched since getting it the thing has paid for itself already. I think being in our room has helped her as well, the potty isn't too far away.

We've also instituted a sticker regime again. She seems to like that a lot. When we first established it we crossed out a lot of stickers, but I've not had to do that in a while. She gets 1 sticker for her board, and 1 sticker for herself when she potties and she gets 1 sticker for her and 2 for her board when she poops. And she only gets the poop ones when she shows me lol. So I get a lot of "Mommy, do you want to see the poop?" She likes to try to fake it out when she has an accident so you have to check the panties too. But we have made decided progress, and I hope we can get her in this most of the time so we can start working with Sammi, first thing with Sammi though is getting her to wear panties at all, she just won't wear them. And if I put them on her she just takes them off so we have to work on it.

I have been working pro-bono for one site for more than 10 years. It's how I got my start on my portfolio and in honing my design skills to begin with.

For the past year I've been working on the next revision of the website, not the design but all the back end work from research to making sure it covers exactly what the site needed. I had a unique perspective as I was a user of the site as well.

A month or so ago I stepped away from the site for personal reasons but I was going to finish what I started. Today I was informed on all the stuff they want to do differently that I wasn't being a part of the discussion, so instead of wait for them to finalize this I'm going to have to walk away.

I have nothing to show in my portfolio for the past year of work I've done, and it's looking like it's going to be yet another year for things to be done with something to show clients that I did or had done. I can't spend that much time not getting paid, not right now, not with things piling up on me.

So today I stepped away from 11 years of my life and 11 years of my design work "inspiration". Hopefully when the site owner calls for a site re-design that is paid I might step back into that world again, but for now I must walk away, too much time already wasted.

And I know all my family and friends in the North are going to say "what are you complaining about," but I really am tired of this cold weather. I want my 40s back thank you.

I would like to express to all those who are gritting their teeth and turning away saying she's a wuss or something of that nature. I have lived in three different types of climates in my life in three different types of areas - completely land locked, northern but by the water, and southern by the water.

Colorado had nice winters. Yes it snowed, there were blizzards, but the cold was just that cold, it didn't have the added chill that comes with the humidity in the air. I hated winters in New York - hated! The cold and the snow, no, I just can't think of that as being "warm" or better than anything else. But the cold weather in the south, it just doesn't get out of your bones. It has been below the 20s at night, one night we were one degree away from tying the record low, and while it's not as "cold" as -7 degree I would much rather be up north in -7 degree weather than down here with 19 degree weather.

I am a terrible tweeter lol. I need to tell a story and 140 characters isn't cutting it.

Last night Bubba was yelping when he slept I assumed it was a dream until this morning when he started doing it when I think he's awake. He definitely does it when he's moving so I think the girls were a bit too rough, again.

I called the vet just to see what I could do to help. I was already on the right track with isolation. Which I had been doing since this morning but Samantha doesn't listen so I had to resort to putting Bubba in his pen. He doesn't like it much, but he he's surviving, and actually a lot less noisy than I anticipated, but then the girls are sitting outside his pen watching over him. He's whining now, but the kind that means let me out not a yelping painful kind of one.

I can tell he hurts, but he's still a puppy. He's eating and drinking to my knowledge and he's going to the bathroom. I'm hoping that he'll be fine in the morning if not I'll call the vet and see about picking up some pain relief for him and to keep him isolated until he does feel better. I really hope that he's okay we can't afford any type of vet bill right now. This cold weather is kicking our financial butt. If Shea doesn't work, Shea doesn't get paid and that's the short and sweet of it, nothing I can do about it.

So my tummy is in knots and its no fun. The only good thing is at 5pm or so the weekend starts and Shea is home for 3 days. Not that he wasn't just here yesterday cause of a "cold out". Released because they couldn't do any hot work cause the fire mains were all frozen. Yeah, that's the south for you. We are lucky he went to work today.

Yesterday I got my new PC. It's not paid for so hopefully it'll last until its at least paid for. I'm thankful that I don't have to worry about paying the bill as it will come directly out of Shea's pay check on a weekly basis, no need to worry. I'm glad that we do our direct deposit through the credit union, it's also how we pay off any hospital bills w eget during the year.

The PC came about 1-2pm ish. I don't recall the exact time but I have a tweet that I posted just after it arrived. I started to the task of setting up my new computer with the constant. Mom what ya doing? and Mom are you fixing your computer? Basically the girls getting in the way. I'm thankful I didn't drop it on them as we were moving things about.

Set up was the easy part. First task install my much needed software - Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Yeah that was fun. Dreamweaver was a cake walk, no problems what so ever, Adobe software not so much. After stressing out over for most of the day and after giving up at least twice I finally read a solution on the net. Try installing Photoshop in a different folder than the one supplied. Worked like a charm. Illustrator and InDesign aren't so nice they installed, but they don't run and I can't uninstall them. I would like to install at least Illustrator so I will do research on how to do that but that is low priority.

I got the important software loaded yesterday and I got WoW installed as well. I finished up most of the software to day and I'm now in the process of trying to transfer files from the old PC to the new PC and praying the old one doesn't crap out in the middle of the transfer. I guess it's a good thing its so cold right now, at least it'll take a bit longer to overheat.

Looking at the progress its being slow it's seems to be stuck at 90% but the light on the new pc is is flickering away and so on the old, but that one always seems to flicker these days. So I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that this works as it'll save me 40 bucks or so in trying to convert my HD to an external HD so I can do this. So I wait.

But so far I like Windows 7, and Dell provided a dock feature that is absolutely the best! Now to just figure out how to get my old norton key unlocked so I can add it to this PC and get rid of McAfee which I really don't like even though I have 15 months on it. So far I've not had any real issues, but we'll see what happens.

I just did an analysis of two of my favorite soups already in my repoitoire - Taco Soup and Potato Soup. Both will do as a low cal dish.

Potato Soup

and

Taco Soup

So I'm at four definite and one possibility, only a few more to go.

As a side note I also did 30 mins of DDR today and burned 470 calories. And found another song I really like to use. I will probably start doing those favorite songs as I tend to like the faster ones, and the ones that are a bit harder even on beginner.

I've got three low cal recipes to try, now just to do some pricing on these things so I don't blow my budget.

Shrimp Tamale Casserole

Shea loves tamale's we've never had good luck with them. THIS we might have luck with. I am going to definitely try this one but instead with a chicken "chili" filling and probably throw some corn in for added veggies. And maybe have a pico de galo topping for me, Shea won't eat it but I love it. It's kinda similar to my Mexican casserole so it might do real well or it might bomb lol. It's 273 caloriess per serving so not too bad.

Quick Shrimp Enchilada bake

I have a low cal enchillada recipe, I'll have to pull it out again and combare what the calorie intake is compared to this. I can probably throw some corn into this as well, but probably won't. Why ruin a good thing with that kind of experiment.

Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo what more can I say, we've been looking for a good recipe that is easy to make, so why not try this one. I'll attempt to try the okra in it, but we'll see how things go. It's not much different form Shea's grandmother's recipe, but the portions are much more reasonable for me lol. So I will definitely be trying this out too.

So two definite and one possibility but it's also an old recipe so we'll see.

Resolution #2 revolves around my freelancing - the basics of it is to increase my cash flow from my freelancing.

This is rather generic resolution I know but again I want to do it in small steps.

#1- do at least one project and one update a week for HIT Web Design a week. This will gradually increase over time I hope but this is my starter goal. I can't handle more than one project at a time, but updates I'm sure I can handle up to three with out a project so we'll see how that goes.

#2 - make a new wordpress theme every month to give away or sell for money. This is a two fold increase in revenue. The first being actually selling wordpress themes to those who want it for a minimal fee. But even the free ones could lead to revenue by increasing traffic to my site and pulling in potential customers.

#3 - design something everyday. This is a smashing magazine challenge and I intend to try this once I get my PC up. I think my first stab at this task is going to the common icons I use in a blog for wordpress and then common category icons/headers to use for categories, starting first with my own blogs. This doesn't bring money in and of itself, but by designing something everyday provides me with practice so that I can make more money with the graphical and/or design aspects of the freelancing. Posting it on my site can also pull in additional clientele which is a money maker.

#4 - learn asp.net C# version. This is something that I've already started and I'm working on chapter 3 of my book, and I'll be writing the code here soon. This doesn't increase cash flow persay but it opens up options not present otherwise.

With each of these there are minor little things I need to do to accomplish the larger task. But all in all this is as miniute as I want to get with my resolutions. And I don't think of these as a new start or trying to do something I didn't next year, these are more like guidelines into the new year. I seriously doubt I will follow through with everything but they are the goals I'm setting short term.

I have one more resolution for the family, but that is going to take a bit more thinking on my part as to what I want to include in this particular resolution. It's the most important and yet the hardest to think of actions to take this year.

Oh wow. I checked my email and my new computer has shipped I should be getting it the 6th or the 7th. That's like almost a whole two weeks sooner than expected. The estimated date of delivery was the 19th. So wow!

I won't be completely up and running until a few days after wards and I may or may not have my personal business files I need to continue work, but most definitely will be able to start new work lol. So by next Monday I should be back to making some money. I guess it's time to clean my desk off and find homes for the stuff on it, and start working on my design resolutions or more like business plan for the year.

Well today was the first day on trying to play DDR for an hour. While I made an hour of time from start to finish it wasn't a full hour of exercise. According to DDR's count it was about 32 mins. Which is probably what I'll do every day for a while. It took about an hour to set up, deal with the kid interruptions and the dog interruptions, he decided he wanted to go out twice while I was in mid step lol.

So I will set my work out goal to 30 mins of actual activity. I'm exhausted now, I need a shower and I probably should eat, but my stomach just isn't going to allow that this morning. I hate the first day back to work even though I'm not the one going to work.