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Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Stress-Free Edition


Since last we whined, I've been running through my options and concluded that all my problems would be solved by becoming a house kittie*, and adopting the motto, "Don't worry, be happy." Apparently, the position is unavailable for someone of my species, however.

So instead, I've been in a positive frenzy, running down my list of things to consider, things to research, choices to make, trying some new routines, etc. And shopping for useful stuff to address some issues. Some friends and my fabulous Aunt Janie have been really helpful. [My aunt takes yoga!] All progress, even if it turns out I'm just the tiniest bit obsessive, and a total worry-wart.

Which brings me to a wall: part of the program has to be reducing stress, and I'm really in favor of that for other people, but a complete doofus at doing it for myself.

Therefore: special prizes this week for disclosures about what makes you laugh, and what helps you with the stressy stuff. Much encouragement of submissions for Elevated Risk of Mullet [funniest line in a whine], Old Skool, and the ever-popular but sadly neglected Style awards!!

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* These are not my current cats, but a purrfectly wonderful set of foster kitties from a few years back.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Late breaking awards!

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amy gets the Bill the Cat award for the second week running, for the little one who is “not afraid to eat [Little Pony fruitsnacks] anymore!” Inspired by this, she brought this week's theme song, courtesy of Bob Marley: “every little thing/ is gonna be all right.” May it all be right for you soonest, Pixies.

miranda gets the Bill-the-Cat Turnaround Award, similar but not quite the same as amy’s, for the great news that her sick kid doesn’t have strep! Sadly, she is still sick, but we hope she feels better soon, and enjoys a lot of popsicles for the duration.

We are issuing the cluesticks to margalit the “radical hippie,” for use on anyone who deserves them.

Three Pixie Cheers for stimulating stimulus funding and good news for Madeleine’s love.

JenR gets the What Sleep Award for what sounds like a really hard night. We hope he is sleeping better now, and you are too!

Happy Birthday to Sarah at ratatat, do enjoy the celebratory pinkeye and double ear infection! May your year be healthier than its first week!

KLee, may spring break arrive soon!

kathy a. wins the Modern Woman Award for having to “shop for a new BC method, just as [she’s] trying to figure out how to be an old lady with a pill box and HBP.”

esperanza gets our sympathy for the depleted stash of breastmilk in the freezer, and the great big exciting SECRET news. Hopefully you will get the green light to share it soon.

Sympathy to everyone dealing with health woes, family stress, sick kids, no sleeping, the marathon of Lent-for-preachers, unbloggable-work-stress, full-time part-time jobs, and the endless winter.

And sue, we are with you – that ”shiny warm globe that once shone in the sky” is welcome back any day now.

As for me: everyone who has ever done an elimination diet should appreciate the annoying irony of the fact that I now appear to be allergic/intolerant to pears. I have given up on the three-safe-foods (ha!) and am eating real food again, minus the likely suspects. I am hoping that its soy and/or dairy, not the chocolate itself, and will report more later.

Join us next week, when the fabulous kathy a. will be our host!


*Bill will only post at the top of the page for some reason. Obviously he wants to lead, so I am letting him. Either that, or it's late / I'm tired / I give up...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Woe is chocolate.

I am here to whine, this week.

The details are not that interesting, but I am having a lot of food intolerances right now, and it looks like I might be allergic to chocolate. I love chocolate. I eat it every day.... well, I did. Now I'm eating only lamb, rice, and pears (an elimination diet) for a couple of weeks, and my boyfriend is bravely eating all the good stuff in the cupboards and refrigerator to protect me from it. I am so underwhelmed by this, and the possibility that I may never get to eat chocolate again, that it is not even funny.

What's your story this week, pixies? Anyone need my chocolate stash?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Awards!!! Poopalanche edition

This week's title is brought to us by Sara, who wins the Whine of Substance award for her adventures in Mother-in-Law land, a place none of us should ever ever ever have to visit.

The Cluestick Posse (with me at the head) is movin' out to Canada this week, to swing the sticks upside the head of Little Miss Burnout, who --- get this --- blames Sue's headaches for turning her off church. Nice. At least now you know why you're grouchy in the mornings, Sue.

The coveted Bill The Cat Award for best Whine to Anti-whine Turn-around in a Whining Cycle (and funniest Anti-whine) goes to Amy and her daughter. Amy, you may print out the picture to hang on your daughter's wall.

Sending love and hugs to Esperanza for her very hard week, including a badly timed lunch break. I'm so sorry, Esperanza.

The Burma Award for Closest Shave goes to Genevieve who, due to a co-worker brain fart, almost missed a deadline, and as Kathy A. correctly stated, she is also the winner of this week's Elevated Risk of Mullet (against daunting feces-covered competition) for the inspiring dictum:
Attention local young adult: repeat after me, "An intersection is NOT a skate park." Thank you.
Thank you all for your birthday wishes, and for your entering with so much spirit into this week's theme.

Tune in next week, when your host will be Dr. Redzils.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Awards: Swing, swang, swung


The weather is swinging wildly like spring will do, and the pixies are swingin' too!

Brevity Award to Liz for our shortest whine this week, "Flu. 'Nuff said." Indeed.

Best single sentence in an ANTI-whine (henceforth known as the Girl Scout Cookie Award, because they are on the menu so often at the Whiner's Ball) goes to amy, for "i said i'm "almost" out of cookies."

Elevated Risk of Mullet Award for best single sentence in a Wednesday Whine goes to kathy a. for "but dudes, the other night, i got night sweats four [4] times, every 1.5 hours all night, leading me to toss blankets and cats all over the place."

Runner-up Mullet Award to Sue for "been there, done that, including the tossing of the cats."

The Fear of a Dark Cloud Award to Margalit, who wonders what we'll think of her ginormous pile of whines. Oy, what a week. The Cluestick Brigade are jumping in a chartered bus to S. Carolina to bop BFF's boyfriend on the noggin. Schmuck. We'll drop off a comfort squad on the way past your town, to work on the rest of the issues.

The Pixie Security Team are fanning out around Genevieve, because WTF is with people who bump into her when she's wearing a neck brace? Be more careful, people of America. Yes, you can.

Old Skool Award to Sara, whose RSS reader is hiding her beloved lolcats. "I do not find loldogs nearly as funny as lolcats," says Sara. Luckily for us, we find you funny.

Thanks for playing! Join us next week when Liz will host from her new undisclosed location.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

WW: Spring Forward Like a Bat Outta Hell

If ever there was a weekend that deserved to be one hour shorter, that was it. I'm normally not a fan of Spring Forward (though I like the afternoon light once the jet lag is over with) but this past weekend? Good riddance, extra hour.

Y'all knew it was coming when I played nurse advice line in the comments last Thursday, right? Pride goeth before a whine. Snuggly Girl had a headache when I picked her up at after-school. I paid an outrageous amount for a small bottle of advil (oh, yes, that's why carrying a purse pays off) but ignored my own advice about giving her two pills. Ignored. My. Own. Advice. Because I'm just that optimistic.

It was pretty clear she wasn't going to be up for the rest of the evening's schedule, so we hunkered down in our favorite diner until My Love could pick us up. It still didn't occur to me to slip her a second pill. For the record, when you give half the dose you shoulda used, it can take up to 2 hours to have any effect. Also, the eight year old version of bursting into song? Bouncing off the couch and asking for the Lego she hasn't touched in a year. Still cute, but takes up more floor space.

Friday morning she woke up early with a fever and sore throat and no interest in swallowing pills (more comeupance), but in my blessed procrastination I had never managed to give away that last sealed bottle of liquid advil, thank goodness. Thus followed two days of alternating pain killers, with a brief, stupid break Friday afternoon which of course led to rising fever, a 90 minute nap in my lap in the late afternoon (anti-whine, HP7 in my hands), and failure to fall asleep until late that night. Saturday I was pushing pills like I was profiting from it to avoid making that mistake again.

I spent those two days mostly in my pajamas, feeling like I too would be sicker at any moment. My Love held out until Sunday and then started mumbling about Asprin and expiration dates. Neither of us got as sick as SG, though.

Anti-whines: Her sore throat dissipated and never came back, so virus not strep. And she was well enough on Sunday to go to the Purim carnival. The only thing worse than a sick kid is a sick kid who is Pissed Off that she is missing a fun event.

Your turn! Share your tales of woe, time-change inflicted or not. I'm guess Liz has some good moving whines and also has a bunch of ideas about what more she might have packed in that extra hour.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I Don't Wanna Edition


Our own fabulous Liz set the tone early, and wins the coveted Elevated Risk of Mullet Award for her timely whine, “I've got a bad case of the Idon’tWannas,” which somehow coincides with OMG moving!

Following that theme, Margalit wins the Morton Salt Award (when it rains, it pours) for dealing with multiple bad things, from snow to medical to fruit flies to cat pee. I mean, sheesh, give her a break, already! (Host shakes fist at universe.)

Sue wins a Quote of the Week crown for “Le Sigh,” a spirit resonating with other Pixies, and an Ain’t That the Truth Award for “I really dislike feeling like I'm as dumb as a bag of hammers, even though I know now that I'm not.”

Old Skool Award goes to JenR, who was summoned to fetch her “not happy” son from day care. He was fine within minutes, and fell happily asleep in the car.

New School Award to Genevieve, who fell (almost literally) on her face and got all banged up (OUCH!), and none of her Facebook friends said a single fireplacing word. Passing the motrin, and hoping for a swift recovery, Genevieve!

Kill the Spider Award to Amy, which comes with a loooong vacuum cleaner nozzle for future encounters of the arachnid kind. Pixie hugs and sympathy, Amy, for the double-whammy of feeling depressed and hubs leaving for training.

There are some fabulous Anti-Whines this week!

The Boogie Woogie Sweet Baboo Award goes to Esperanza, for the joy of seeing her rhythm-deprived bitty one dance her heart out!

Snow Days Award to Elizabeth, who went nowhere for two days, except to play in the snow outside.

Miranda scores the Free at Last Award, celebrating an upcoming 33 days without work travel!

Thanks for playing! Girl Scout cookies and wishes for a better week to everyone! See you next week, when Madeleine hosts the Whiner’s Ball.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Rainy Days, Stormy Weather

It's raining here [which is good in terms of drought avoidance, but otherwise soggy], and I hear tell of snowball fights from Georgia to points considerably northward. Snow! In March! In tropical parts of the nation, even! So, the Whiner's Ball is open for business a little early this week.

My Beloved visited daughter at college this weekend. They studied, worked on study skills, AND had fun -- big antiwhine! He was able to miss the latest series of whatever with his sister, who is always a whine. Meanwhile, I'm finally finally lining up contacts, advice, support, resources to get a fireplacing plan in place about SIL, one that doesn't burn on the fuel of our sanity. Please cross fingers!

I got squeezed in [HA!] for my boobal followup on Saturday, was pronounced good to go, but told to come back in 6 months to "keep an eye" on some tiny cysts. Sigh of relief, but 6 months? No Fair.

What's the news with youse?