The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-02-13

Friday, February 18, 2011

Indications of my general mental status

Ten minutes ago I was supposed to leave to have my meds refilled but I wanted to toss off a quick update on the evolution of my Filofax which has  come to represent a beacon of sanity and anchor to my hope that life can be easy again; perhaps even peaceful and orderly.

So with that thought and before I go and tell my doctor about how the cracking bathroom floor and ugly sink is indicative of my general mental status ( i.e. It's teetering, Doc.  And my gray matter is turning to goulash.)   I give you the Booya! section of my Filofax:

Filofax - Action League Now Section

This section featuring The Action League Now is the good twin to the Dr. Evil section ( the section I write notes about companies that I have ongoing issues with.)    The Booya! Section is where I write notes about companies I have successful dealing with as well as the names and direct numbers - so I don't  have to sit through twenty minutes of prompts -  of people who I want to be sure to call again if any situation arises.

To put it simply; the people and companies that make (my) life easier.  Those that have rescued me in the past from the depths of appliance hell, those that don't talk to me from a script and those people that I reach after hop-skipping around the world on some truly vile phone lines.  I want to be able to call upon these angels to rescue me in the future.  These Supermen and Wonder Women of customer so they have their own Filofax section and it's called Booya! - The Hero Section.

I figure people can go from Dr. Evil to Booya! if problems have good resolutions because hey! It happens.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dr. Evil and the Filofax

Yesterday's contemplation about starting an installation business got me thinking about a few things.  First, it's a goldmine.  Second, it's a goldmine.  Third, yes.  It's a goldmine.   Forth, skill is relative and boils down to a big truck and hey! Have you seen my  Chrysler Town and Country?  There are multi-family homes smaller then that thing.

Here's the but - Sadly, fifth you seem to need a contract with a big company for any of those things to matter.

But it got me thinking in a different directions and yes, I'm sorry it's the planner thing again but follow me here.  Whenever I have to call a company there are notes everywhere.  I write them on anything around; two days ago I wrote important bathroom flooring information on last years Ikea catalog and I didn't find top floor guy's name or the guy who will come fix my floor because he's the guy who really knows how to install floors which I almost wish I didn't know because just knowing that bunches my already wadded up panties as in, Why didn't really knowing guy install in the first place....  Cleansing breath...  And out...  Until the catalog turned up this morning.

I been playing with my Filofax Portland Personal Planner for a while....

Filofax Love

Mostly taking beautiful softly lit  pictures of her and pondering, Why the heck doesn't she work for me?

moleskine covered with vintage hawaiian menu art  with vintage cruise menu peeking out at corner

Then I'd play with an artfully decorated Moleskine which also doesn't' work.   See my phone up there; it's backless. The back just vanished one day.  *Poof* Gone.  What's up with that?  I thought maybe I needed a different size Filofax, or a different set of pages, or I don't know. Something.  Always something different.

I realized exactly what I'm doing wrong this morning when I found that old Ikea Catalog; the planners aren't working for me because they aren't set up for me, what I need.  There is no way a planner will ever work - Well, for me for sure but perhaps - for anyone without a LOT of customization.  And with that I put in the first section I really need.  I know that because I always need this section.

filofax #fail section

The #Fail Section

Problems arise with companies all the time and I need a central location to put the information.  What number do I call if I have to call back so I don't have to sit through the promts again?  Who helped me and who didn't?  I need a place to keep those ridiculously long confirmation numbers - I got at least three from Fios this week alone. 

I thought about calling the section The Hall of Shame but it's too long for the tab and #Fail is so much more twenty-first century.

The next section I will make is the flip side to this because there are resolutions to the problems that come up and I want to know the name and number of the person who resolves my problems as well as people who have been good to work with from the get-go.  

I think I will end up with a working planner - Finally. I'll let you know as it evolves...


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thinking of going into the install business...

I have a bunch of stuff that doesn't make a whole post so here you go in no particular order of importance.

1.  Hair dye - I got some dye your hair, girl! feedback yesterday so yep! I am going to dye my hair but I don't know what to do.  My hair has been every color already so I'm going through the good, the bad and the ridiculous in my head as I write this.

In case you think I'm exaggerating about the every color thing - I've been evergreen. I've been Ronald McDonald Red.  I've been a truly lovely burgundy.  I meant EVERY COLOR.  I didn't always get what I wanted but I always made a statement.   I'm going for something naturally occurring this time.


2.  Canned Fruit - I went to buy canned fruit yesterday.  I read cans.  Now all of them say Product of China.  And I'm talking big brands and, um did you guys know the cans say that 'cause I didn't.  I want my pineapples grown in Hawaii cause if I can't afford to go to Hawaii I want to live out my Hula Fantasies through my  canned fruit, man. 

3.  Hip Hip Hurray!  - The snow has melted down to a little and it's shorter then my dog.  Down to her Hip Hips...So get out the bathing suits can summer be far behind?

4.  CVS 75% off make-up sale - Last month I tried a lot of new things and they told me they do that about every six months so Holy Drag Queen, Batman!  I will be saving up for the next one.    I was in there yesterday and they had added one more 75% item. Booya!  Rimmel Royal Gloss Delicious Lipgloss for $1.62 (Which I think puts them at about $6.50 retail.)  I bought about eight of them.  As to the delicious part, I don't know - I'd say sweet - but I like them a lot (for $1.62).  The colors are great, they are more liquidy then sticky and very silky, they last well for something that isn't sticky as being not sticky is a double-edged sword, and they apply straight from the tube - no germy applicator.  If you can find them for that price, do.

5. Weekly Weight Loss Update -  Thanks everyone for the nice things you said about my fat fit the other day and yes, I am back on Weight Watchers Points Plus , firmly so.  And what a relief.   I decided to do the Simply Filling Technique (here is a link if you're not familiar ).  I did the core plan when it was a plan and was successful with it.  It's easier for me and doesn't involve counting points for the most part.  You only count for foods not on the list of Power Foods.   Like my coffee creamers, for example.

It's also more varied (read: livable)  then  the core plan because there are more foods on that list (read: bread and fat-free half and half)  You just use your weekly points allowance for whatever else you want and that is now higher.

6. I'm cracking up  - Remember this from back in November?


I was having a bathroom floor installed and walked in to find the toilet sitting in my tub.  Shiver me germy timbers, right?  Anyway the bathroom floor started cracking almost immediately.  I tried to pretend it wasn't happening for quite some time but it is, it really is.  I finally called to have 'an inspector' come who said, Yep.  Cracking.  He also said it wasn't sealed properly which makes sense.  You shouldn't have to scrub eye shadow off a properly sealed tile floor. And then there is that wet spot that won't dry in front of the shower that I try not to look at.... So now I am dreading what is to come.  Which I fear will look a lot like that picture.  Again.  I'm ill. 

7.  The Kitchen Sink - Remember this monstrosity?


That is the bottom of my kitchen sink and in case you were wondering about the color, it's white.  I have the money to change it and went to Home Depot asked how much the install was and was told um, I can't remember.  I have the paper somewhere when the Depot lady called and asked for me - but to do the sink, a new faucet and replace the garbage disposal was two hundred something.  So I go pick out a sink and a faucet and don't buy because well I don't remember why but I had the install company call me who then says it's Four-hundred-fifty freaking dollars. 

Well she didn't say freaking dollars - that was my editorial comment - And I say, are you sure because I was told two something, this is a drop in sink you don't have to dynamite the counter top or anything.  "Yep!" she cheerfully told me.  Yep, yep, yep that's the price!

  Now don't even get me started because the top of my head is about to blow off and hey! I used a Home Depot contractor to do my bathroom floor.  FYI....

I actually think I'm going to call the plumber down the street, tell him how much money I have to the penny, what I want and ask him if he can do it for that because I am so over that sink and install prices.  What do you guys think?


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Too fat for Retro Tuesday

I know it's normally retro Tuesday but I can't get the idea of dyeing my hair out of my mind.  I haven't dyed my hair since um, the last century.  The early nineties I think.   I can't recall why I stopped because I'd been on a non-stop what color should I do it this week since I was sixteen and found Sun-In at a baby-sitting job.

For those of you with objectively dark hair I wouldn't recommend Sun-In even though they say something about medium brown on their site.  I think they are using the term medium brown as a euphemism to mean people who were blond as babies and still wish they were blond but haven't been blond since they were four.  Which is the category I fall into pretty much.


That's a beat up picture, and sorry about that.  I'm sure it was in a drawer for decades and I'm not going to Photoshop for hours to make my point which is - That's some white hair I had.

I spent quite a lot of money and hours trying to recapture that hair but the thing is when I get close it washes me out.  Think dish rag.  When I got to glowy light red - more on the  red side of a strawberry blond my skin looked much better so I'm thinking maybe I should just head for that at the get-go. 

I don't know why I'm so obsessed at the moment.  Maybe it's to keep my mind off my big ass.  I'm beyond upset with myself about the weight I gained back and yes, I've gotten back to some serious management I'm just mad.  But being concerned about my hair keeps me from thinking about how my new clothes do. not. fit. And how I have to turn sideways to get through doorways because my butt won't fit straight on.  And how my car sinks when I get in.  And how...

Okay, I am exaggerating and I will stop now so back to my hair.

What do you guys think?  I have very little gray so it won't be easy and there will be the root issue and it will be starting the whole color thing over again.    Thoughts?

Fat and mousy in NJ,

PS - The lack of gray thing.  It's not because I'm young, I'm not.  My dad whose 85 has a lot of his hair that isn't gray yet which is really pretty rare.  I guess I take after him.  My kid on the other hand takes after one of his great-grandfather's who went gray in his  twenty's and he got his first gray when he was thirteen.  Ben has more gray then I do. Which is a bit odd. 


Monday, February 14, 2011


In case anyone was wondering much damage you can do to a weight loss program that you've been dedicated to for a year and a half in just three short months of stress, mayhem and falala? 

Apparently, quite a lot.  I mean you look down at the scale and think, Hell to the no!  Then you rub your eyes, look down again and it's still there.

To put that another way, Hell to the oink.


A germ-free thumbs up

I don't think my hands have recovered from all the hand-washing I did working in hospitals.  Not that hand-washing's a bad thing; I'm a hand-washing fanatic.  Germs freak me.

I don't exactly need to live in a bubble, I'm not that bad but there's a lot of stuff you want to wash off.  Believe me - I've had some of it on me and I don't even want to go into it or I'll be running for a shower instead of finishing this.

Hand washing makes my hands dry, except  in the winter - when they are dry, cracked and bleeding - and hand sanitizers seemed to make this worse.  Mom Central asked if I wanted to try Veripur a while back and I said yes, I want to try a Hand Sanitizer that works the germ fighting  for four hours and is Ta! Da! Moisturizing.  Yay! I thought.  Send that my way.

I've been using it for a few weeks, the small size is purse-friendly, and it feels like you're using a hand cream.  It's thick, white and moisturizing. The scent is kind of like unscented products if that makes sense.  There is a Fresh-Scent available now and I love Fresh! That's next for me.

Even though it's thick, it doesn't leave your hands slippy-slidey.  Did you ever put hand cream on and then you're afraid to pick up a book?  You know what I mean?  The pages get all greasy.  Well this just dissolves into your skin and the finish is soft and dry.  After  you rub it in your hands are just baby-buttish.

This gets a big germ-free thumbs up!

I wrote this review while participating in a Mom Central Consulting blog tour on behalf of Veripur Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer. I received a Veripur product sample and a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Okay Tracy, just put one foot in front of the other

First, a thank you to everyone who left messages, comments, and emails of condolence.   I read them all; I wish I had time to respond but just getting through last week was almost more then I had.  I did a lot of, Okay Tracy, just put one foot in front of the other - Type-thing....

I showed all the messages to my family and they were so touched by all your kindnesses that well, I don't even know what to say.  Thank you.  I know it's inadequate but I'm at a loss for words.

It's Sunday so it's been a week now, exactly.  I'm trying to regroup and figure out how to put things in place again.  I've let a lot go.  I didn't realize how much until I tried to figure out how behind I was;  my banner still says January, got on the scale to see how much I weigh (horrifying), looked at the laundry (not hard since it's no longer constrained by the boundaries of the laundry basket) and walked into the kitchen and looked down (best shown as a visual....)

messy floor

So many things seem unimportant when you're grieving until you are forced to reenter life a little and BOOM! Everything you let go because you didn't have the time to do it, were too sad start it, or too distracted to notice it is now staring you in the face like a daunting mountain of crap.

Or a daunting mountain of laundry.

So I'm back to the, Okay Tracy, just put one foot in front of the other - Type-thing....   The kitchen floor is swept.  The laundry is started.  The scale?  Still horrifying.  It's going to  weeks to undo the last few months of hospital food,  take-out, and the amazing dessert trays people kindly sent - But whatever because like I said, Okay Tracy, just put one foot in front of the other...


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