Friday, June 4, 2010

This, That and the Other

1a. Due to a communication mishap at my last bookclub meeting, I ate something with olive oil (to which I'm allergic) and had a terrible reaction that included trouble breathing and a mad dash to find an antihistamine. One trip to the allergist later, I am now the proud owner of a couple of EpiPens to prevent my throat from completely closing up if I accidentally ingest olives or olive oil again.

1b. Sadly, I think my dream of spending a week or two in Greece has just been shattered since, according to my doctor who is of Greek ancestry, everyone there practically bathes in olive oil. :(

2. I had a general medical checkup last week. My cholesterol levels are great considering my family history. However, I'm slightly anemic. The doctor's solution? Eat more than one serving of red meat a week. Hello? Won't that raise my cholesterol?

3. Sydney is officially a second grader! She received awards for All A Honor Roll, Excellent Behavior and Track Club. She was the 19th fastest girl in the entire first grade for running a half mile in just over 5 minutes. She most definitely gets the running skills from Ryan.

4. Ryan worked from home one morning while I went to a doctor's appointment (see number 2 above) and got a little taste of what I deal with all day. He left the boys with a snack and Sesame Street and a few minutes later, heard Liam in the backyard. A quick peek into the living room revealed that Liam had opened all the windows, pushed out all the screens and climbed out of a window and into the backyard. I think Liam had his longest time-out ever over that one!

5. While perusing the bargain bins at Target (the most dangerous part of the store!), I found a copy of Pride & Prejudice for $2.50. I never buy books because I'm too cheap I love supporting the public library, but I figured that the low price was a sign that I was meant to buy it and to finally read it. So that's one of my goals for this summer - to read P&P without using Cliff's Notes (which is the only way I passed that particular unit in high school junior English).


  1. 1. I had no idea you were allergic to olive oil and I think that would be a horrible allergy!! No Olive Garden?
    2. Good for you, I need to do that. I skipped my GYN appointment this year because I read that every 3 years was enough if you have always been normal and are monogamous, but I need to get my cholesterol checked for our health insurance.
    3. Yay for Sydney!!
    4. LOL @ Ryan! I can just see his face...
    5. Good for you! I still have the book I was going to mail you...I will get it to you somehow I promise.

  2. There are lots of alternate (vegetarian) sources of iron--such as my favorite, quinoa. Also, a prenatal vitamin would help as well.

  3. Well, you know how I feel about READING Jane Austen, but good luck to you! :)

  4. Tien said...

    Wow, I didn't know you were allergic to olive oil. Does that make eating out difficult?

    That Little Liam! He is so smart!!

    P&P is one of my favorite books of all time. Enjoy!