Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kidney Stones?

So all of a sudden yesterday afternoon I got a stomach ache.  I thought it was something I ate but about 20 minutes later I threw up.  I went and laid down then I got sick to my stomach again.  Then I got an excruciating pain in my left side. It hurt worst then going labor.  I think I had a kidney stone.  My whole left side hurt so bad.  I couldn’t find a comfortable way to lay.  I kept throwing up.  My son kept asking me if I needed anything like peptobismal, asprin…   When hubby came home he had me take some ibuprofen, sip some ginger ale and he made me some soup.  The pain subsided after a while.  I guess the ibuprofen finally kicked in but not after getting sick to my stomach. Finally that stopped, too.  I went to bed early but I had trouble sleeping then about 2am I finally got to sleep and stayed asleep.  The only other times I had kidney stones was when I was pregnant and it felt like I was going into labor. I must have passed the stone because now I’m feeling better. I took it easy today and stayed in bed all today.  I still have a little twinge of pain but nothing like last night.  I’m glad it’s over. 

I hate when I get sick like that out of the blue. One minute I was fine then the next I was doubled over in pain and getting sick to my stomach.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Solstice!

 Let the summer begin.  Happy Summer Solstice!  It was a lovely day for a walk and to watch the sun go down on this longest day of the year. Time to think about about summer vacation.  Right now we don't have any summer vacation plans.  The boys is doing a couple of camps so maybe we can fit in a vacation or staycation in between camps.

This summer hubby and I are working on getting healthier.  For the last 2 weeks we have been tracking our food and tyring to get in more exercise.  We have also been trying to eat more fruits, vegetables, protein and low carbs.  I've noticed I have a little more energy and I'm not feeling as tired. We have been walking in the evenings and hubby as started running again. I'm going to start running again.  I will have to start from scratch though since I haven't done any running since January.  Baby steps.  I'm going to start using my "Couch to 5K" app  to help me get started.

I'm glad it's summer and that it stays light out longer.  When I was a kid it seemed like it stayed light until around 10:00pm. Summer vacation was longer, too.  Now it's barely summer before the kids have to go back to school.  Now-a-days it isn't quite that long. In my part of the world, it's not warm enough to sit outside on ones front porch on a summer night.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!

The boy is playing Vice Principal Doug  Panch in our local art school’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. I had never heard of this musical before. It’s about a spelling bee and the kids and adults that are involved in it. It’s intended to be performed by adults and some of the songs and situations are a little risqué, definitely PG-13, but, oh my goodness, this show is really, really, funny!

It’s a serious commitment for the kids. They have been rehearsing once a week for the last 7 weeks and every day for tech week for the last 2 weeks before the 5 run performance. We went to the opening night performance last Thursday. The audience was in stitches!

My son’s part is very funny with him delivering dead pan lines. The rest of the cast is brilliant as well, with many fine singers and actors. Comedy! Pathos! Difficult words! It’s all there.  It’s a little departure from the usual shows they perform but I think it’s one of the better shows they have done.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Monday, May 25, 2015

Rambutan Fruit

I saw this interesting fruit at Safeway it's called rambutan.  I haven't seen this fruit in our store before. Our store manager has been stocking some exotic fruits like rambutan, dragon fruit, sapote, etc.   It's kind of weird looking but it tastes like a grape.  It's looks like a chia pet. LOL!  I had to google how to open it because I've never eaten one and I didn't know what to do with it! One needs to pull it apart from the seam then pull out the white grape shaped fruit which has a pit inside. It isn't easy getting the pit out or maybe there is a trick to it.  I ended up eating around the pit because I couldn't get the fruit open. I only bought a few of them.  I'm definitely going to try them again. My son wants to try the dragon fruit next.
Rambutan fruit

Sunday, May 17, 2015

You're A Real Dancer, Pinocchio!

The boys dance company had their annual dance performance this weekend.  This years theme was “Ever After”.  The dancers are retelling fairy tales through dance—Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid were a few of the dances. All of the dance numbers were really good.  Each year the production gets better and better. 

My son has been with this dance company for several years.  When he first started dancing with them there were him and another boy.  Now it varies from 5-6 boys.  This is an audition only company.  Every January they hold auditions so he has to audition every year for a spot.  The company has also grown in size. They have 4 levels of dancers now.  These dancers work really hard from January-May getting ready for the annual dance show.  And they take a lot of dance classes during their off time to hone their dance skills. It is amazing to see how everyone has grown from year to year. This group of kids also get along really well together.  It’s always emotional when the seniors graduate and leave the group but also a happy time that they are spreading their wings and going off  to college.

My son performed the “A Wooden Boy” number which was based on Pinocchio. This was the level iii dance and these kids know how to dance. The choreography was simple, but sophisticated. The story simple and emotional.  The dancing beautiful and moving.  They had one of the girls as his maker. The scenes between them were so tender and loving.  Afterwards everyone was coming up to him and telling him that his dancing made them cry. He danced the pain, hurt, hope, confusion, and vulnerability.  I am so proud of him. I am in awe. That kind of expressiveness takes more than technical skill.  There is a lot of depth in his dancing.  He has grown so much.  He’s a dancer now, not just a boy who studies dance.