Monday, April 29, 2013


Smiling about a conversation I had at lunch recently....

One of the sweeties in my girly's class asked me why my one eye was open more than the other. I tried to explain, in simple words, about my facial paralysis. (Out of everything effected he thought it was quite funny that I can only move one eyebrow.) Then he gave me a sweet little smile, touched my face very gently, and said he would just have to follow me around and move my eyebrow for me since I couldn't do it myself.

I love how accepting and matter-of-fact kiddos can be, sometimes, about other people's differences. :o)

Saturday, April 27, 2013


I had a problem. My entire island counter, in my kitchen, was covered in papers. Covered, I tell you! Recipes, menus, bus notes, paperwork to mail, and post-its galore all littered the counter top. I needed to do something about it!

I also needed. Yes, NEEDED! To use an old drawer that my
parents had found for me a long time ago. They found it for me to use as a place to house my thimble collection. At some point my husband bought me an actual thimble cabinet and this little lovely went into our basement until I could find another use for it. (Because let's face it, I can't stand throwing away something if I can reuse it. It's my obsession hobby!)

So, I took this gem that was hidden in my basement and turned it into a "catch all" organizer of sorts, with little nails and clips that I had laying around the house. OK, well not literally laying around the house of course!

You can't see where a lot of the nails are in this picture as I don't have clips on them yet, but I'm pretty thrilled with it!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


There is a contest going on over at Reasonably Well. Julia wants her uber creative readers to come up with a logo that could instantly be recognized as having to do with Sjogren's syndrome.

The rules...
  1. Email your image, drawing, concept of an image, sketch, or model that you think universally represents sjoggies everywhere. Use of a word or alphabet letters will disqualify your entry.
  2. You may submit as many entries as you like.
  3. You may email your submissions to: juliaschulia(at)gmail(dot)com.
  4. All submissions must be received by April 29th, 2013, midnight. 
  5. Judging panel includes: John, Terese, Greg, and D#1. 
  6. If judging panel is unable to make decision, Julia -- will cast the deciding vote. 
  7. Finalists will be notified via a post on Reasonably Well and their mailing addresses will be requested. 
  8. Winner will be announced by May 13th, 2013.
You can read more about it here. Or here, in the updated blog post.

I got down to business attempting to take this task on. And I found that I just couldn't follow the rules! Arg! I had a design busting through all the other ideas, rumbling around in my brain, and it just wouldn't stop until I got it down on paper. It turned out that I loved it SO much that I didn't have it in me to create anything else. So I came up with a fantastic design, just not one I could actually add to the contest.

Here's my "logo" with an "S" "J" and "S" in it. (The initials for Sjogren's Syndrome) Naughty, naughty me!

So start thinking of a logo and for heaven's sake.... Follow the rules!! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

L'isms to Make You Smile

It's time for another round of L'isms.  I've save some dramatic and comical statements for this one. There are also some really funny conversations to read.

This first one was said by me. I'll be filing it as #132 on the list of things I never thought I'd say to my child.... "Throwing your underwear at your father and then sticking a magnifying glass to your butt is not an appropriate response to that!"

Things L has said lately...

" You are the meanest mommy ever. Like, you will die and generations later you will still be the meanest mommy in the history of the world!!!!"   Guess she was serious about that one!

"You are so MEAN! Mean to the left, mean to the right. Mean, mean, mean, mean. Mean all night!!!"   I sense a theme here. Ha!

"Mama, you are beautiful because you understand me."    OK, so this one's not so funny, but I loved it anyway.

"Yep, your daughter is a weirdo. You need to respect that!"

"Mama, will you put your... your... your wolverine in the oven to warm it up?"  She meant my 'cream puff'.

Convos with L...

L: I'm a tom tom boy!
Me: Why a 'tom tom' boy?
L: 'Cause I'm, tommer than most tom boys. Tommer than you ever been!

Me: We're having chili for dinner.
L: I don't want it.
Me: Then don't eat.
L: But the commercial says to not let your child starve!! (She was talking about the "Feed the starving children commercial" that has been running lately.)

Me: The door is locked.
L: Fine, I'll get a screwdriver.
Me: This girlfriend needs some privacy!
L: Uh, that doesn't work for adults Mama!

L: That's the science lab [sitting outside of our school].
Me: Cool.
L: If you do the chocolate lab then you get to eat it then.  If you do the peanutbutter lab you get to eat it after you experiment with it. I sure hope my teacher doesn't pick the bug lab.
Me: Why?
L: 'Cause I sure don't want to eat the bugs!!

News Reporter: ...some day cares are teaching kids not to share...
Me: What do you think about that?
L: Yeah, that's not a good idea.
Me: Why not?
L: 'Cause then when you are a grown up the husband won't know that he needs to share the remote control with his wife!! And then she'll get stuck watching sports all the time!

Me: Singing.... "That girl is on fire..."
L: Really what's am I getting for lunch?
Me: What are you talking about?!
L: You were singing.... "That girl is a buyer...." Right?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

How You Deal

I recently read an article looking at the positives of parenthood rather than focusing on the negatives of being a parent. So for instance, instead of being upset about the fact that your baby is waking you up many times a night you might choose to be glad for the fact that you are now able to prove that you could go through sleep deprivation torture and come out of it without having spilled one single ingredient in your mother in law's recipe for her Super Secret Pecan Pie. Ha ha! Okay, that's a silly idea ( and absolutely true God bless you new moms out there!) but an example none the less.

This got me thinking about my life and how it's soooo easy to focus on the negative. Well for anyone one, really, about anything. So this was a good reminder to me that I need to be focusing more on the positive things in my life. So what if I can't run around tomorrow with my girly at the playground. Negative, now watch this! That just means I get extra snuggles on the couch while she reads me a book of hers. Turned into a positive there! See how I did that? Not so easy to do when a person is buried by negative things but this is an important thing to one's mental and emotional health.

Having a positive way of looking at things can make all the difference in how you deal.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


I checked my e-mail this morning and found an e-mail from Google Alerts. I have them set up to send me an e-mail every time the word Sjogren's Syndrome is found online that day.

Today's alert took me to Manchester Evening News. They have an article on their website speaking about a new Sjogren's study that is starting in England.

"The trial will investigate new drugs and treatments – and scientists hope it will allow them to solve the mystery of why some women suffer from it."

They have £945,412 pledge to the study currently. Which translates out to 1,441,611.49in US dollars. The results of the trial are due in 2015 sometime.

Yay! I was thrilled to read this this morning. There cannot be enough studies done on Sjogren's as far as I am concerned.

Check out the rest of the article here.

Monday, April 15, 2013


I slept horribly last night. Just tossed and turned and could not seem to get comfortable no matter how I laid. Then I woke up frustrated. Grrrr! I had wanted to do quite a few things today. Instead, I'll be laying around because I have zero energy. Zero. So, I'm feeling pretty crabby right now. :o(

Fortunately, my hubbster is super understanding about my health. So I don't have to worry about him being upset that the house is still a mess when he gets home. :o) Thank God for him!

Friday, April 12, 2013

I Can See Clearly Now The Rain is Gone

I just picked up my new glasses yesterday. It's a change from my last pair, both in looks and prescription. So, I think I have to get used to them. What do you think?

When I swapped out my new "stand-by" pair of glasses (in case my new ones would ever break) I got an old pair out of a drawer. I popped the lenses out of them and gave them to my sweet girl to play with. She hasn't taken them off unless we insisted on it. So silly! Look at those smiling eyes. Love them!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


My husband works for a local hospital. One of the negatives of this is that our insurance (through his work) requires us to buy our medications, all of them, at the hospital's pharmacy. One of the positives is that we get all of our medications through their pharmacy. Which means that we don't have to pay the mark ups that the every day Joe Schmo has to pay at a general pharmacy.

For instance, when I would get birthcontrol at a "namebrand" pharmacy it would roughly cost about $30.00 for a one month supply. Now if I get birthcontrol at the hospital's pharmacy it would roughly cost about $8.00 for a three month supply. Yes, I wrote that correctly. Which means that buying it from the hospital's pharmacy would save us $328 a year on birthcontrol alone!

That, my friend, is a HUGE savings!!! On just one medication. I am currently on eight medicines. I have never actually worked it out but I am guessing that I am saving well over a thousand dollars a year thanks to buying the medications from the hospital's pharmacy.

Thank goodness for that!!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Yeah Baby!

It's a good thing that your hair is messed up and you have sheet lines on your face....  when you've just had a 30 minute massage!

What did you think I was talking about? Get your head out of the gutter!!!

Friday, April 5, 2013


Ever get the feeling someone is watching you?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Hah ha

I thought this so funny that I had to share...

Monday, April 1, 2013


I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter! Here are some of the highlights of the last week of Easter fun we had....

 Action shot of her first Easter egg hunt.
 The first egg hunt was held at a local nursery.
 I couldn't help but take pictures of their blooms.
 So vibrant
 and delicate.
 Heading off for her Easter eggs on hunt number two!
 An Easter bunny egg at hunt number three.

 Egg dying of course!

 My lovey and I. Hope you all had a fabulous holiday!
L's first ride on The Sooper Dooper Looper. Her first upside down roller coaster.