Travel Advisory…

Well, right now I’m in pain. You say, “what else is new?!” I say, “Nothing I guess. It’s just really bad right now. It’s like my face is on fire 🔥!! I just hate it!!” I really do. I also have a pounding headache. I don’t know if I did too much today or what, but I’m just feeling like hell right now. I just want sleep.

The Canadian government and US government have declared a level 2 travel advisory, which means use extreme caution, when traveling to Jamaica 🇯🇲!! A Canadian couple from Winnipeg were found murdered last Wednesday. They actually had dual citizenship (Jamaican and Canadian). It was only the 10th and there were already 40 murders in Jamaica in 2018!! Crazy! The thing is, from what I read, usually it’s gang related and doesn’t affect tourists. Although I guess that they had a house there and they were originally from Jamaica and had immigrated to Canada. So are they still considered tourists?? I don’t know…it’s pretty sad. It was a home robbery gone very very wrong. Very sad. It kinda freaks me out a bit though… I guess that my hubby and I will have to remain vigilant and careful. It’s good that we have a driver for the whole week. He will surely know where to go and where not to go. We don’t have to worry about finding cabs or anything like that. I’m actually more concerned about my hubby. Even before the travel advisory changed, I told him about what I read, regarding the violence in Jamaica and how you have to be very cautious, and he doesn’t seem to take it very seriously. I told him that you’re not supposed to be out walking around at night, especially by yourself!! He just said that he always does that. His friend from Jamaica told him not to walk around at night too. He seems to think he’s invincible or something. I just don’t want him to do anything stupid…he’s a smart guy, but he believes that because he grew up in a bunch of bad neighbourhoods that he’s ready to take on anything. It is just worrying me. I hope he listens to the advisory. It’s like a third warning for him. I’m sure we’ll be fine and that it’s just really bad timing. Thousands of people travel to Jamaica and the vast majority are just fine. Tourism is huge there. I’m sure that we’ll have a great time and I’m still super excited! Three weeks from tomorrow!

Today, while the kids were at school, my parents came over and we did a bunch of cleaning. Then my dad picked up the kids from school. They left right away and took my daughter to dance. I finished a couple things once they were gone. Then my son and I played together until my hubby came home from work. Then he cut up the leftover pork and I cooked a pork stir fry for supper. After we ate, my hubby and I watched an episode of the Good Doctor. It was a good one. I really enjoy that show. My face was bad off and on during the day , but as I finished supper and we watched our show, it really started to hurt and my head began to pound. When it was over, I did the dishes. Then we got ready for bed, first my son, then me. And now, I will lie down my burning face and I will hopefully sleep. Night All! 💤😴

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Sleepy Head.

I’m so tired right now. I don’t know why I feel so sleepy, I just know that I do. I really just want to go to bed. So this is likely going to be a short post. But that’s okay, as I had a pretty uneventful day today anyway. This morning my daughter slept in. She’s usually leaving for school around 8:05. However, we woke up a bit later than normal, because she’s usually up early and waking us up!! She’s kinda like our snooze button – lol! Anyway, my hubby went into her room around 8:00 to find her still asleep in bed. Apparently she fell asleep before setting her alarm last night. So we got our son off to school and my hubby went to work. Then I drove my daughter to school for second block. After dropping her off, I went to the bank, then Shoppers. I bought some sunblock for our trip and some self-tanning lotion, I also bought the new Jann Arden book. I have been wanting it and it was 25% off of the cover price. Afterwards I bought a coffee at Starbucks and drove back home. I had my coffee while watching Property Brothers on HGTV. Then I had lunch and read some of the book I’d just bought. I watched another show, called Fixer Upper. I really like that show. I enjoy the couple who are doing the renovations. He makes me laugh and she just has incredible talent and style. When it ended I had to go pick up the kids from school. My son got invited to go play with a friend, so I dropped him off and then came home. My I called London Drugs and found out that they carry bug spray at this time of year. Yay! Shoppers didn’t have any and I did not know if I was going to find any. Jamaica apparently has mosquitoes and they can carry different from the ones that the mosquitoes here carry. I have some partial bottles, but would rather travel with just one brand new bottle, I’m not going to bring a bunch of bottles a quarter filled. That just wouldn’t make any sense. So I guess I have to go to London Drugs. I also made a Dr’s Appointment for my daughter and a hair appointment for myself. Finally, I called the pharmacy. Once all of the calls were completed, my daughter showed me a bunch of YouTube videos of a photographer who takes photos of dancers. He does 10 minute photo challenges and has them video taped. They are fun to watch. After watching a few, I got supper in the oven and then I went to pick up my son from his friend’s. When we got home, my hubby was home from work. My son started playing a video game with him and I went upstairs. This year another class at the studio is reusing one of my daughter’s classes costumes from last year. So my daughter found hers and I took it into the kitchen and hand washed it very carefully. It had a lot of lace and mesh on it and I had to be careful. Then I hung it to dry. When I finished that, supper was ready. We ate supper. After supper, I did the dishes. Then I read some more of my book until it was time to put my son to bed. I got him ready and put him to bed. And I’m ready for bed too!! I am sooo tired! Night All! 💤😴

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Jury Duty…Almost

This morning my hubby has to drive to Wetaskawin (did I spell that right??) because he was picked for jury duty. Today was the selection day. He went immediately after dropping off the kids at school. He was in a hurry to get there and apparently was speeding a bit…enough to get pulled over by a cop and given a ticket! When he arrived at the courthouse he was late. He had to register, since the email that they gave him to send his form to didn’t work. He said the case was about child molestation and it looked pretty nasty. He was almost picked as an alternate, it came down to him and another guy, but they ended up choosing the other guy. So Jennifer doesn’t have to go back. The case was starting this afternoon and was scheduled for the whole week. While he was gone I sat on the couch and watched HGTV for a bit and then, when my daughter woke up we watched a couple of our pvr’d shows. My hubby came home just as she was leaving for work. We used the Actifry and made some fries. I also made some gravy and he grated some mozzarella cheese. We put it all together and called it poutine. It was delish!! We watched the movie called The Kingsmen And The Golden Circle. It went right until we had to get our kids from school. My hubby went to pick them up and I did the dishes. I just finished as they got back home. My daughter moved the coffee table in the living room, in order to have room to practice the back walkover that she’s supposed to learn for one of her dances. She’s getting closer, but it freaks me out! I keep thinking that she’s going to land on her head…This week at dance is called Power Week. They all get together and perform their dances for each other. Each dance is done two times. Her teacher wanted her to have the back walkover down by tonight. She didn’t really have long to practice, because she had to be at dance by 5:00 and we were picking up another Beaumont girl who dances at the same studio in the city. I was driving there and her mom drove them home. We had to leave by about 4:20. Which is what we did. I dropped them off and got rewarded by having the opportunity to be caught in 50th street rush hour traffic. So, I decided to take Sherwood Park Freeway to the Anthony Henday. However, the Henday was pretty slow moving too. However, at least it was moving! I stopped at Sobeys once I was in town and then I came home. My son wanted grilled cheese sandwiches for supper and my hubby wanted to make a sandwich out of the leftover pork roast. So I decided to have grilled cheese too. After supper I read my book a bit, while my son and hubby played Zelda together. I emptied the dishwasher and then it was bedtime. We had to get ready at a good time, because we had a library book to finish reading and it’s already overdue and his library day at school is tomorrow. We finished the book and he fell asleep just as it was ending. Afterwards I got ready for bed too. For once my fave wasn’t quite as bad today. It shocked me a bit, but it wasn’t as constant as it sometimes, or rather usually, is. Now it’s getting late so I’m going to go to sleep now. Night All! 💤😴

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Long Bath Day

I slept in this morning. It was nice. Once I got up, I sat enjoying my tea, flipping through my Jamaica books while my hubby and son played a video game together. When they finished , my hubby took my son sledding. While they were gone I ate some breakfast, which was really more like lunch and watched The Good Doctor. It’s a good show about an autistic guy who is hired as a surgical resident at a major hospital. It’s quite good. After the show, my hubby and son got home. My hubby had a big lump on his head from running into a fence…oops! My son had a great time! I decided to have a relaxing bath. I got everything ready, but when I was in the bathroom I couldn’t find the plug for the tub. I asked my son where it was, as he likes to hide it after his bath. The problem was that he couldn’t remember where he hid it. We looked all over the bathroom, but couldn’t find it. So, I decided to go to Home Hardware to get a new one. While I was out, I decided to get my Sobeys shopping over with. I was almost home when I realized that I forgot to buy Becel. So I turned around and drove back to Sobeys. By the time I got home I was getting into the bath much later in the day than I had planned. I used one of the bath bombs from the Set I received for Christmas, it turned the water a dark purple!! Weird! However, it smelled wonderful. While I was in the bath, my hubby made mashed potatoes and cooked some vegetables to go with the leftover pork roast from last night’s supper. I had a very long bath! It was nice to relax and do nothing, since my face was hurting. But it was much longer than I intended and they were all finished eating by the time I got out. I ate supper and my daughter sat with me while I ate and we talked. Then my son had a bath. I got him ready and into bed, since he has school tomorrow. I talked with my hubby for a bit, then decided to get ready for bed too. So now I’m going to head to bed. Night All! 💤😴

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A Visit At Our House!

I woke up and had a moment of reprieve…the pain wasn’t there right off the bat! Yay! However, it didn’t really last long. My face is my nemesis!! My mom and dad were coming over today for supper. So, I didn’t do much this morning, however most of the afternoon was spent cleaning the house. It gets messy so damn quickly it seems. I try to stay on top of it, but it’s difficult – especially when I’m in pain all of the time! Anyway, my oldest and I did our best cleaning up the main floor. My younger daughter didn’t help much. She was doing homework and practicing for dance. My son was playing a video game and didn’t help at all! But, I let him, because I find it faster to do it myself, rather than have a 7 year old attempt to do it. He tries when we make him and I know that it’s the only way that he will learn. Today we were rushing to get it all done though and I didn’t feel like going at his 7 year old pace!! We didn’t quite finish all that we wanted to do before my parents arrived. However, my hubby wasn’t home yet from work and my dad was able to drive my daughter to dance for me. That was very nice! Thanks dad! I finished the last couple of things with my mom there. My hubby got home from work not long after my dad left. Then my dad got back. We visited a bit, then we played the card game called Wizard. My son got it for Christmas and we hadn’t played it yet. It wasn’t that difficult to learn and even my son figured it out after we played for a while. A while into the game my hubby stopped playing to peel potatoes for me. Then the roast was ready and my mom and I dealt with that and the rest of the meal. Then we all had supper. The pork roast was good! After supper, my hubby had to leave, since he had made plans prior to my inviting my mom and dad over. The rest of us played scene it together. Then my daughter and I showed my parents a show we enjoy watching. Afterwards my mom and dad had to go home. Once they were gone, I got my son a lot snack (he probably needed it because he didn’t eat all of his supper!!) After that it was bed time. We did all of our bedtime prep and I got him into bed and then myself as well. And here I am, sore face and all!! And now I’m going to bed! Night All! 💤😴

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Pain Rules The Day

Today was another pain day. It totally sucks! I don’t feel much like writing right now. I just want to sleep. I didn’t really do that much either. It’s hard when you are in pain. This morning I helped my oldest prepare to call her bank and phone company. She was nervous about calling. After numerous calls to both places, the situation was finally resolved. We also called my mom together, because today is her birthday. We sang Happy Birthday to her and then talked to her for a while. Then we did some laundry that needed to get done. I picked up the kids from school and dropped my son off to stay with my oldest, while I took my other daughter to her dentist appointment. They got her in quickly and the appointment itself was also quite fast. I read about travel to Jamaica while she was being seen by the dentist and having her teeth cleaned. My mom is worried about us traveling to Jamaica, due to crime and violence. From what I read, as long as you’re smart and stay in the tourist type areas, you should be okay. It’s important to use common sense and be prepared. After the dentist, I got a few that we needed for supper and then we went back home. I pretty much started supper right away. The kids wanted homemade pizza, so that is what we had. After supper, my son played a video game and, after I drove my younger daughter to a friend’s, my hubby, my oldest and I helped him as he played. We all sort of got into the puzzles and storyline. Then we came upstairs to do the bedtime thing. Now I’m going to sleep to stop the pain.

Night All! 💤😴

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Pain

I woke up to sharp pains in my face. All day it’s felt like someone has shoved an ice-pick into my ear. I hate this! I just don’t know what to do about it. I can take oxys, which just make me tired and don’t touch the pain. I sit and hold ice on my face for what feels like forever. Probably longer than I should!! I can find some relief if I vape my medicinal marijuana, but I can’t do that when I have to drive the kids! It’s just so damn frustrating!! I hate my damn face pain! And I’m not a fan of the word “hate” and rarely use it. I’m this case it’s true though.

I just need to go to bed. There’s not much to say about today anyway. I’m going to skip the spiel and head to bed.

Night All! 💤😴

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Bad Face!!

This morning I was super tired and in pain! I had my fun monthly cramps, as well as my good old face pain. Well, the pain was all day, the tiredness was this morning. So, because I was feeling so blechy, I was very lazy today. My face was just bad and it’s really difficult to function when it’s bad. I just want to lie down and sleep. I guess I could have probably napped, but instead I just vegged out on the couch. My daughter also had a rather lazy day. Her tummy was having sharp pains all day. I wasn’t much help, because of the way I felt. Once I got the kids from school, (it was early dismissal today) I watched a show, then I made some chicken tortellini for my daughter to take with her to dance. I was about to drive her when my hubby came home from work and said that he’d do it. Once they left I made some cheese tortellini for the rest of us. After my hubby got home, we decided we should say goodbye to Christmas. So, he brought all of the boxes upstairs and he, my oldest daughter and I un-decorated the tree and the house. We finished just in time for my hubby to leave to pick up our dancer and for me to get my son into bed. Now I’m going to bed too. If I sleep, I won’t be focusing on the pain!! So that’s what I’m going to do.

Night All! 💤😴

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Weird Stew…

I feel ill. That stupid stew did not sit right and I feel bloated, sick and gross! Talk about Instant Pot fails!! My stew cooked on high until 3:00 in the morning (another 5.5 hours on top of the additional 5 hours for a total of 10.5 hours.) This morning, once the kids were gone to school, my hubby tried the stew and the damn carrots and potatoes were not cooked yet! Can you believe it??!! That’s on the high setting! WTF?! So I had a sleepy morning in the living room and at about 11:30 or 12:00 I put it back on high for about another 5.5 – 6 hours (thinking we’ll eat at 6:00 tonight). Well, I had an uneventful afternoon at home, picked up the kids from school. Dropped off my daughter and her friends at one of the friends houses. I went home. Remember that I needed something’s from Sobeys and Shoppers, run out and go to both. Takes longer than I expected! I pick my daughter up from her friends. Go home. My hubby comes home from work at about 5:30. I play with my son. At 6:00 my hubby decides that he is starving. We open the slow cooker, which has now cooked my stew for 16.5 hours!!! And…drum roll please… the potatoes are still not cooked!!!! I’m absolutely astonished! What the heck is going on with this thing!! My hubby doesn’t care, he eats it anyway! I put it all in a pot and add some liquid and a few spices and cook it on the stove from 6:10 until 8:00. Guess what? The potatoes were still crunchy?! The carrots finally cooked at least. At this point I say F…. it! My daughter and I each had a bowl anyway. I just ate everything, but the weirdo potatoes. And now, I feel like poop!! I ate my weird stew while watching a show with my daughter. Then I put my son to bed and got myself ready too. I’m going to go now. I really don’t feel great.

Night All! 💤😴

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Another Instant Pot Fail!

This morning once the kiddos were off to school, I was pretty sleepy. It looks like the kids weren’t the only ones who had to get used to back to school hours!! Other than Christmas Day , I haven’t gotten up that early in two weeks!! So I just kind of vegged out on the couch, beside my hubby, until I had to get moving in order to make it to my dr’s appointment downtown. I talked to the dr about the pain returning, it was super bad all day. She filled my prescriptions and we talked about our upcoming Jamaica trip. She gave me a prescription for myself and my hubby for hepatitis A and B immunizations. You have to get one shot, then another 4 weeks later and one more in 6 months. After the dr’s appointment I met a lady at the Starbucks to look at a dress. I’m trying to find one that I can bring on our trip. I tried it on in the Starbucks bathroom- lol. It was difficult to tell exactly how well it fit, as it was a small space and a small mirror. I decided to buy it from her. I really liked how the top looked…hopefully the bottom doesn’t make me look like a house!! It’s not a style that I generally wear, but I really found it pretty! After that I drove home. My dad and hubby were supposed to be working on fixing our railing to the basement and adding a light switch in the laundry room. However they weren’t there. I saw some of my dad’s work things, so I figured that they just ran out to Home Hardware, which turned out to be the case. They got back about 10minutes after I did. I told my hubby about the shots. Because we need to have the first two immunizations prior to our trip, we had to get the shots right away! So my dad said he’d keep working and we should run to the pharmacy and get them done. So we did. My arm is still aching. Some shots don’t even affect you and some ache, apparently these are the achy type. When we got back, my hubby helped my dad some more and I got everything chopped and ready to make a stew. I was planning on using my slow cooker function on my Instant Pot. Well, getting it all ready took longer than expected and by the time I got it all going, my dad and hubby had finished up and my dad went home and my hubby went to get the kids from school. I knew at that point that we’d be having a late supper, since slow cookers are, well, slow!! Lol. My hubby and my daughter had to leave right after they got home, because she had dance class. So for quite a while it was just my son and I. His favourite thing is alone time with me. We played some games, we played with his floppy, indoor frisbee, we used his new kit to decorate balloons, we made paper airplanes and of course had contests with them, then we worked on adding his face into the top corner of the gaming video that he recorded yesterday. It took us forever! We finally got it figured out and now we can’t seem to get it onto the pink iPad. It’s too frustrating! By the time we were at the end of making his video, my hubby and daughter came home. So, we decided that we’d all have some stew, since it was 8:30 and we were all starving and by that point it had been in my Instant Pot for 5 hours, on slow cooker mode set to high. Low and behold, the carrots and potatoes were still crunchy and raw!!! Argh! My regular slow cooker would have cooked it on high in 5 hours!!! Stupid Instant Pot! How frustrating! By then we were all starving, so my hubby just ran out to Subway and I added another damn five hours to my extra slow cooking Instant Pot!! I think if I keep a running tally, I’ve so far had more fails then successes with the Instant Pot. Looks like stew for supper tomorrow!! By the time we ate our supper it was time to rush my son to bed! The way my face is hurting, I’m going to bed too!!

Night All! 💤😴

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