Doctor, My Doctor
I’ve changed my look…
Well not my look, but the look of my blog. I wanted to go with something a bit more user friendly.
And with the changes comes a new name for my blog…… “Just Call Me Jiji”
~me, pretending to be me. ~now, where did I put my cape?
I discuss my life, my family; the issues we face, the things we enjoy doing as a family, and the things I enjoy pursueing by myself
With this new look, you, the reader get to go straight to the content you are interested in.
This is what I write about and why I write about it.
My Home Page – All posts in chronological order starting with the most recent. My blog tells my story and the story of my family; warts and all!
Hello World – About me, this is who I am, or at least who I try to be.
Disabilities and Special Needs – I discuss those disabilities and differences that we, as a family face on a daily basis; and the treatments and accomidations that accompany them.
DIY – I’ve always loved using my imagination and being creative. I love the feeling I get when I see something and think, ” I can do that” or even, ” I can make something out of that “. It’s taken me a long time to amass some measure of confidence, but I am ready to admit I do have some talents.
Home Life – For me, home life means family life, after all, home is where your heart is.
Travels – I love to travel! And I especially love to plan our trips. I get a little high off of finding great deals and planning out little side trips. We love amusement parks; especially ones that we can get wet in.
Just For Fun –
I entered Leon in a Cute Kid contest and his photo was selected.
Now I am reaching out to everyone I know; we need votes people! Lots and lots of votes.
Please take a minute to click the link below and vote for Leon – (future Tommy Hilfiger Model).
And if you could help pass the word and ask everyone you know to do the same, we would be ever so grateful.
It was suggested by someone close to me that perhaps I should go to bed with a good book, and then perhaps I could sleep better.
I could try that…. I do have a few books on my bookshelf that are waiting to be read.
Breaking Dawn is at the top of the list. Then it is the Sookie Stackhouse series that Ron bought for me. 🙂
Although I am a bit wary about the whole reading a good book at bedtime thing.The last book I read was “Eclipse” by Stephanie Meyer. I crawled into bed at about 11pm -ish and read it cover to cover. I just could not put it down. I just kept saying to myself. “Okay just one more chapter….”. I didn’t get to sleep until the wee hours of the morning.
Someone pointed out that he looks like a certain sexy hunk from Sex in the City.
What do you think?
Personally I think my little man is much cuter!!!!!!
(although I wouldn’t throw Jason out of bed for eating crackers…)
Oh and if there are any modeling agents out there … we are prepared to be wooed. 🙂
I recently found this on ellen ;
Do you know an amazing person who could use Ellen’s help? We want to hear about them! Tell us all about the most deserving person you know, and how Ellen can rock their world. Maybe it’s a family member or spouse who always puts your needs before their own, a neighbor who has changed your community for the better, or even a teacher who goes above and beyond with your kids. This season, Ellen’s gonna keep giving back!
Read more: http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond/?PlugID=433#ixzz1RH3DUlaq
So I decided to nominate My Superman!
I love you and I love your show. You and your show always make my day! You are just so genuine, with a hugely generous nature. You have a way of making people feel comfortable and at ease; like spending time with a really good friend.
Well good friend, I’d like to share something with you about my family, about my husband in particular.
His name is Ron, he is a handsome devil, a smooth talker with an odd sense of humor, a sci-fi geek, who rocks my world, and keeps things balanced in our lives. And he is the most giving and amazing man I know. He always puts the needs of our family before his own. When I met Ron, he became the man who renewed my faith in hope. In short he is my Superhero.
My family consists of Ron (39), myself (42), and our son, Leon (8)
We have a good life, NOT an easy one, but a good one, because we have each other. Things have always been tough on us financially, and we always seem to muddle through whatever life throws at us, either on our own or with help from our extended family. And for this we have always been truly grateful.
We all do our best to make the most of our lives. But no one works harder than my husband to provide and take care of our little family. I try and do my best too, but I have so many limitations, that I fear he often gets the short end of the stick.
Both my son and I suffer from disabilities that require regular doctor visits and a lot of very expensive medication between the both of us. My son has severe ADHD/ODD and I suffer from Fibromyalgia. We have a HUGE deductible on our medical insurance and given our individual medical needs it is necessary for us to come up with a LARGE sum of money in a very small amount of time at the beginning of each year. He barely makes enough money that we can usually get by living paycheck to paycheck with just enough left over to cover and enjoy the little things like the movies or Cub Scout fees for our son. But when the big bills come in, that’s when we really struggle.
This year, so far, has really tested Ron’s limits. Ron’s car died, and while we managed to get by with only one car for a few months we did eventually have to buy a second used car, which is already in need of repair.
In addition to our financial stress, Ron has had to take on additional parenting duties, above and beyond all the amazing things he already does with and for our son, due to the decline in my health this year.
No matter what comes our way, Ron does everything he can to make things right again. He really is a good man, and he puts his all into everything he does. As a husband he is just amazing, not only does he work hard in the office every day, but he comes home to take care of a majority of the household duties, when I can’t, due to my disability; and he still makes time to be a Den Leader in Leon’s Cub Scout troop and spend quality time with him.
Lately though, it seems as if life has really been testing Ron’s limits. My husband’s normally optimistic outlook on life seems to be dimming. Right now, Ron feels as if we just can’t get a break and that everything is getting thrown at him all at once and he just can’t get ahead. Some days I look at him and he just looks so terribly defeated, like someone had just drained him of all his energy. It kills me to see him this way.
This is a man who truly deserves a break. Not only is he an amazing husband and father but he is also a genuinely GOOD MAN!
Ellen, PLEASE help me make my husband’s life just a little bit easier.
Here we are at his sister’s wedding, which also happens to be our wedding anniversary. (I am the one with the pink hair 🙂 )
EDITTED ON Jan 19th 2012 to add:
Being that this IS your birthday-month; I wanted to share with you that May is my husband’s birthday month. In fact, this year he turns 40 on May 13, 2012.
You know incase the SWAGGIN WAGON is in NY around that time???
That’s a hint…. you know incase you didn’t catch it.
Love ya Ellen!!
And my Superman!!!
I have often heard;
“you are so talented, you should start a business”.
That would be WONDERFUL, I’d love to do that.
The question is; how? I have no business sense and the coin purse is empty. And you know the old adage; it takes money to make money.
And then, there is the lack of confidence in my talents
It’s not that I do not believe that I have any talent, it’s just that I feel there are people out there that are so much more talented than myself.
It doesn’t stop me from enjoying the creative process though. And sometimes I even impress myself with the outcome 🙂
My creative talents have included:
Drawing – it’s been a while, I did a lot of drawing as a child and in my teens. I have only recently taken it up again. I even tried some creative drawing on the computer to make some matching t-shirts for our trip to Disney;
Trip Planning – YES I definitely consider trip planning a creative talent!! And I do it well, especially when traveling with a highly sensory child with ADHD/ODD. Accommodations for travel require quite a bit of creativity. Like the badge I made for him to wear that clearly outlined the rules with a visual prompt.
Event Planning – like my DIY wedding where I made everything from the centerpieces to the floral arch to the ring box to the 150 hand-painted Champaign glasses I made to give as wedding favors to each of my guests.
Enough people told me that I should go into business selling my Glass Painting that I decided to give it a try. I successfully sold a few pieces but in the end I wasn’t making enough money to cover the time, effort, and money it took to not only paint each piece , but then to pack everything up and transport them to a little craft fair, where I paid $60 for a table, only to sell a couple of pieces that maybe made me $40, and then have to pack it all back up and bring it back home. It just didn’t pay.
I also have helped to plan a few showers, my sister’s wedding, and quite a few themed birthday parties for kids. I love doing it. Especially the themey stuff
Leon’s 2nd Thomas Birthday Party – he didn’t know how much I put into this party but I had fun doing it
Leon’s 5th Pirate Birthday Party – yes my spoiled little child had 3 parties and 3 cakes
Leon’s 8th Lego Birthday Party;- this was a really fun party!
If I knew how, I would love to make money as an event planner.
Photography – …is another talent I have. More specifically I have an eye for. Ron, often tells people that I am a photographer, and it bugs me, because I am SO NOT a photographer. I WISH I was, but at best I am a photo enthusiast. The difference being that although I thoroughly enjoy photography, and have an eye for capturing great shots; I pretty much have no education in photography at all.
I can really relate to the guy in this Panasonic Lumix commercial:
..see it’s not me, it’s my camera! (which btw is a Canon)
…plus some creative digital photo editing too.
Basically I am just winging it.
When Leon was born, my love for photography grew, and my need to share it grew too. I started showcasing my photos on my smugmug website for all my friends and family to see.
(btw -gardening is NOT one of my talents)
As a result I was asked by two different sets of friends to photograph their weddings. Of course I said yes, it was an honor to be asked. I never expected to be paid, but when one of the couples thanked me with $1000.oo check , it gave me the confidence to try to make some money doing what I loved.
I got a few jobs and made some money, but most of my jobs were for friends and I had a hard time charging them, so that didn’t last too long. I also needed better equipment in order for my photography to live up to my own standards.
In general I don’t know that I am so much talented as I am creative and crafty
And recently I have been inspired to try a new craft;
I was honored when my sister -in-law asked me if I could make a few things for her wedding. She pointed me in the direction of Etsy.com where she had seen a few things she had really liked. I was already familiar with Etsy, but I had never really perused the wedding category. One of the things she had pointed out to me, started to get my creative juices flowin again. It was something that I have tried my hand at before, but I didn’t really feel that there was a big demand for it. But with the trend of weddings being a bit more green, the rustic look of woodburning seems to have become a bit more popular.
Woodburning – is now a talent I am trying to cultivate. And I am really enjoying it. And who knows maybe I can even sell a few pieces on Etsy….
Besides what else is there for this SAHM to do?…uh, besides taking care of an ADHD child, managing my Fibro, keeping track of $800/month medicines, PTA volunteering, School Newspaper editor and author, caring for my 3 year old niece, plan playdates, etc.., etc…, etc… …oh yeah and maintain this blog.
Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Wow, if it’s true then I could be cured of Fibromyalgia in a matter of hours.
I just spent a few hours reading from a website I found through a link on Facebook; it’s called Damn You, Auto Correct!
It is an unbelievably funny list of Epic Fails by Auto Correct.
It was like a book I just could not put down. I just kept reading and reading; and laughing and laughing. In fact they have made it into a book (it is now on my Universal Wishlist).
The second I started to read it; I started to laugh. And laugh and laugh and laugh. And I am not talking a little chuckle here or a giggle there. I am talking non-stop, laugh out loud, till your cheeks hurt, and tears run down your face laughter. I am talking get out your Depends and prepare to fall off your chair laughter. I am talking….
Well, just see for your self why this is my new favorite go-to for a quick pick-me-up. Here are a few of my favorites:
Well I’ll stop here, but if you want to see more check out Damn you, Auto Correct
The storm went all night long. I didn’t even have to see it, to know it was there. I could feel it in my bones. And my bones, they were a hurtin’
I received the 6am wake-up call from the School District letting me know there would be “No School, Due To Inclement Weather”. Oh Joy, a Snow Day.
That by the way, was sarcasm.
My thoughts went to all the reason’s why I hate the snow.
When I finally got out of bed to survey the damage,
…all I saw was beauty.
Here are the pictures:
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