June 06, 2019

Lots of Energy!

This photo is of Joey doing "smell the fart" acting ;)  If you were a fan of Friends, you may remember the episode where Joey explains what "smell the "fart" acting is:

After having what feels like an ocean's worth of rain dumped on us for the last couple of months, the weather is finally starting to look better! We've had a few mornings where it's cool and not humid, which is my very favorite.

This morning before taking the kids to school, I let Joey outside to pee, and it felt so nice that I went outside and sat on the porch while drinking my coffee. I could see Phoebe watching us from the door, and I felt bad for her--she LOVES going outside and sneaks out as often as she can (we try to keep her indoors, especially after that one time she was missing for four days).

When I went to the Purina True Nature of Cats event, they gave us leashes for cats. When you put a cat on a leash, you don't necessarily walk them around like a dog. You basically just let the cat explore while you follow around. So, I went inside, grabbed Phoebe and the leash, and hooked her up.

She wasn't out there three minutes before she managed to worm her way out of the leash and take off for the backyard. Sigh. For some reason, she ran right to the back door--that never happens!--so I didn't have to chase her around for 20 minutes. Next, I put Estelle on the leash, and she was much more curious.

I let her stay out there until she started eating the grass. If you have cats, then you probably know what grass puke looks like.

After taking the boys to school, it was still really nice and overcast. So, I mentioned the "walk" word to Joey and he flipped out with excitement, per usual. I sipped my coffee while we went for a nice two-mile walk, stopping halfway so he could play in the lake. It started to sprinkle on the way home, and it actually felt really good. I felt a slight pang inside of nostalgia for running.

I was full of energy when I got home and I wanted to work on something. Anything. We're trying to save money this month (Noah's emergency room bills are going to be expensive), so I won't be doing any major projects. Instead, I used what materials we have leftover from our renovation, and did a few things with those.

We didn't have much floor molding left, and I didn't think I'd have enough to do my closet; but by piecing together 4-5 shorter lengths of it, I was able to do the trim in the closet. I still have to paint it, but it definitely looks better. I was so excited to use my new Paslode finishing nailer!

Remember when I wrote that one of my wish list items was a Paslode nailer? They're crazy expensive ($367) so I was watching Facebook Marketplace several times a week. Literally the day after I posted about that, I found one--it was identical to my brother's (which I'd been borrowing), and included three batteries as well as about $100 worth of nails... all for $110! I asked if they would take $100 for it, and they said yes.

The only problem was that it was kind of far away. I had to drive nearly 2-1/2 hours into Ohio to get it! But it was a nice solo drive where I could listen to my podcasts and see a location that was completely in the middle of nowhere. They were also selling a nice router for $40, so I bought that as well. Some thrilling finds for me ;)

The drive back was horrendous and hysterical at the same time. Because it was SO far from civilization (I literally hadn't passed a gas station for 30 miles), there was no where for me to stop and pee. I was dying. My bladder was about to burst. Eventually, I saw a sign that said "rest area" ahead. I nearly sang with joy.

When I got there, I saw it was just a couple of picnic tables and a small building for a men's and women's bathroom. I was not going to be picky, just because it wasn't the sort of rest area I'm used to seeing.

When I opened the door (which wouldn't close all the way, by the way) I was horrified, to put it lightly. They weren't real toilets, but more like outhouses. The "stalls" weren't really stalls at all and they had no doors.

I had to pee so badly that I chose the stall furthest from the door--remember, the door was cracked open and would make me totally visible from outside if someone should open it. I sanitized the hell out of my hands when I got back in the car. It was quite the adventure!

Anyway, after installing the molding in my closet today, I decided to finally hang up a bifold door that we bought for our hallway closet. The door has been sitting in the garage for a few months, so I got started on that. I had to paint the door frame first and then hang the door. I still have to paint the door itself, but I like it much better than the previous one.

Speaking of doors, I also had to take Eli's door off the hinges and shave off 1/4 inch from the bottom (it was dragging on his carpet too much). That was easy, and now his door functions much better.

I have no idea if this is related or not, but with this burst of energy I've had for the last few days, I can't help but wonder if it's because I started taking vitamin B12. I've done some research on it, and I bought a liquid that you squeeze under your tongue and let it sit for 30 seconds before swallowing. Here is the kind that I bought (I got mine at Kroger, but here it is on Amazon). It tastes good, and I've read that the liquid absorbs better than pills.

That's literally the only thing I've done different lately, but I've found that I have a noticeable amount of more energy. I really hope it keeps up!


  1. When I was a kid we used to drive from DC to eastern Indiana to visit my grandma, and the rest stops in Ohio were THE WORST. Literal outhouses, like the kind in wooden sheds. So I guess they've improved?

    1. Hahaha, if that was an improvement, I can't imagine what the older ones looked like!

  2. I got "holsters" for my cats and they can not get out of them. They are like little jackets. I got them here but you can now get them on chewy.com or amazon too.


    1. Thanks for the suggestion! The little harness that I have works well when I put it on correctly, but it's SO confusing to get on. That's how Phoebe got out; with Estelle, I made sure that I did it correctly!

  3. I would be interested in learning more about B12. Might have to start some research in to it! Omg that restroom though! Thats nightmare inducing stuff. I might have just peed in the woods! Lmao. Glad you got such a great deal on those tools! We've had a crap ton of rain too in Wisconsin. Just patiently waiting for this nicer weather to stick around and not just for a day or two at a time!

    1. If I didn't have to go SO bad, I probably would have found a spot to pull to the side of the road and pee. But I was desperate at that point. Ugh, it was so gross!

  4. The Amazon link doesn't work for me for some reason, could you post a picture of the Vitamin B12 you use, or at least the name?

    1. Hmm, I'm not sure why the link didn't work! It's working on my end. But I added a photo to the post, so you can see what it looks like.

  5. Just a thought to check into. My daughter's neurologist recommended the methylcobalamin version of vitamin b12 instead because it is more easily absorbed into your body and not synthetic. It does cost a bit more but you can find it in little pills that you put under your tongue and they melt. Just my $0.02 worth! Love your blog and love your honesty!


    1. I will have to look into that! I noticed that there were some tablets that you dissolve under your tongue, but the liquid felt like it would make more sense for some reason. Regardless, as long as it works, I'll be happy :) I will go check that out right now. Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. There is a park here in Richmond, VA that has a rest area like that, except the door does lock, but it still has the two stalls, I walked in one time on a lady using the bathroom and headed for the door and she goes, its okay, I dont mind. I said "Oh I dont feel comfortable", and went outside to wait, when it was my turn, I, of course, locked the door! haha


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