Do you know what these plants are called?

This past summer I was walking with the kids and we passed by this house with these awesome HUGE purple leaves and I had to take a picture with my phone

Does anyone know what these leaves are called?  I loved them and want to plant some of these next spring.  They are gorgeous!

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What to do about the fish?

Well our fish is no its last fin and I am not sure what to do about it.  We have had it for 2 years and I hear form those who have fish that 2 years is a long time for a fish.

You can see in the picture below the swollen blue eye and this blue has started to show up all over the purple color the fish is normally.

Yes that big bulb on the right is the fish’s eye.

Anyway, I am stuck what to do. Is the fish suffering?  I don’t know.  He stays on top of the water in this spot always and rarely swims anywhere.  He eats and eats rather quickly when I put his food in every morning.  I knock on the glass and he responds by swimming for a minute or so but then back to this spot.  Sometimes he swims flat on his side and bends almost in half to try and turn around.

What do I do?  I don’t want to kill it if it is not suffering but how the heck am I suppose to know that?  Also, how the heck can I do that?  I don’t hunt or kill things except bugs and spiders so this is going to bother me a lot if I have to do it to the fish.

I keep hoping that the fish will die on his own quickly but it has been like this for about 3-4 weeks.

What should I do?!

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Working out 16 days after InterStim stage 2 surgery

Interstim Therapy for Urinary Control : Educational Video for Patients (Dvd)

It has been 16 days since my stage 2 surgery of InterStim and I just did 90 seconds of plank position and jogged in place in front of the TV for 18 minutes and I DID NOT PEE, or even had the urge too and it did not hurt. 

This is so cool.  My incision is still sore to the touch.  When I bump into things that is pretty much the end of me feeling good for a couple hour otherwise, we are good!

My only complaint now is the soreness of the incision but that is normal after any surgery so I will take that.  For the rest of the results after surgery, so far LOVING IT!

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Just a random wonder today

This is just one of those, why questions.  I was making some dinner and was out of fresh garlic so headed to the spice rack to get some dried garlic.  I opened the lid, on the wrong side first, and found these little small holes.  Now the garlic is pretty big slices and could in no way shape or form fit through that side.  I opened up the other side and that was better because it was one large hole.  My question is…..why even bother putting a lid on a bottle when it is only half useful?  Weird.  It is not a big deal but just one of those random thoughts and was wondering what the reason is.  Maybe they got these lids for real cheap or something.  Oh well!

You can see the size of the garlic slice on the right.  It is much too big to fit through the little holes on the right!

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Kids sizes are all messed up

So I was trying desperately today to put some jeans on my son who is fitting nicely into 18 month clothes for Pj’s and shirts and any other pant but jeans.  Here are two pairs of his jeans that are BOTH 18 months

OK so these are not even close to the same size, right?  Ridiculous.  The ones on the left fell off of him and had to be rolled up twice and the ones on the right were so small I could not get them over his diaper.  I had a third pair of jeans and they fit perfect here they are

I did not get a picture before I put them on because I decided to blog about this after I got him dressed.  You that have kids can understand why I did not want to undress him.  Anyway guess what size these perfect fitting jeans are?  Ready…..12 months!  OMG this is so ridiculous!  I know that things cannot be exact but is there anyway we can at least be close?  This makes shopping so hard its ridiculous.  I have actually kept larger clothes for both of my kids and when they were in that size I take the clothes out and end up not being able to use a handful of them every time because they are too small.  Frustrating.

At least he looks cute and happy!

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Healing nicely from InterStim surgery part 2

My butt is feelling much better and I am able to even sleep on my back for a little while.  My bandage finally fell off and the scar is not very bad.

Just a little bit of clear tape on it and no infection so that is great.

I have had a few days where I have turned up the voltage 2 notches instead of only 1.  It has been consistently getting better but still small issues throughout the day so it has not been on a high enough setting. 

Go to the doctor Jan 10th for a check up and hope to have the setting perfected by then.  So far so good!

I wrote this post and saved it and then went to he Columbus zoo lights last night.  I accidentally ran into something and OUCH my incision is killing me.  It is still so sensitive.  I had to take one of my vicoden (sp?) it hurt so bad when I got home.  It is still really tender this morning.  I wonder how long this tenderness on my incision will last?  It sucks!

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Chrsitmas shopping does NOT have to be difficult…really!

I am no expert but my opinion is that Christmas chopping does NOT have to be so difficult.  I have a novel idea and a very easy formula to make Christmas shopping easier and help you spend a lot less time in the hustle and bustle of hoards of people.  Get a pen and paper and get ready to take some notes.  Are you ready?  Here it goes……don’t forget to write this down…….ASK!

There you go, pure ans simple and to the point.  Ask! It’s simple and easy and you may find that it takes a lot of stress off you.  I do this…really!

I used to spend hours trying to find that “perfect” gift and I would get frustrated and spend days and days on just a few little things that should have really only taken a handful of hours to find.  I decided a few years ago after many years of thinking I had the perfect gift, and finding out later, it was not so perfect, that all I needed to do was ask.  This way it puts it on the giftees shoulders.  If they chose to make you guess and not tell you what they want, do not feel bad that they don’t like it because it is not your fault that they did get what they wanted, it’s theirs.

I do not see the importance or reason to force yourself to “know” what everyone wants and then get upset or hurt when you find out that people do not respond to your gift as you think they will.  There are a few occasions when asking may not be appropriate and this can be in romantic relationships.  There are times that I would like to have my husband just buy me something nice or pretty and I want to know that he truly thought about it and bought it with his heart.  It is these gits that I am not expecting any certain thing, I just want to know that he is thinking about me. 

We should not HAVE to do this with every relationship in our lives, really.  We should be able to send a text or call someone and say “hay, I want to get you a gift that you really want, can you give me 2-3 suggestions?”  I don’t know why but their are people in my life that just refuse to do this and they start shopping in Oct or Nov and do not get done until Dec 23 or 24th.  They are pissed off and stressed all the time and shopping with them sucks, so I don’t go.  Does this sound healthy?

This year I wanted a Mothers ring, and a specific mothers ring, and instead of dropping hints and expecting my husband to figure them out I simply said, I am buying this mothers ring for Christmas, with your money, is that OK?  He was ecstatic that I did not make him pick it out.  He still gets to buy me a present but I am so excited to be getting what I have been longing for over the past couple of years.

I hope that everyone has a very merry christmas and that you get everything you want.  For me, it is my family together, with a fire, and watching Christmas movies.  That is what I want the most.  Oh and hugs and kisses too!

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Aren’t these supposed to be taco shells…GEEZE!

OK I am venting today.  I was so looking froward to tacos and bought 2 boxes of hard corn shells, got them home, prepared the meet, cheese etc and opened up the taco shells to put them in the oven and BAM, 100% broken.  I am serious.  They were the last thing I did, food was on the table and I have no shells!  This is so frustrating.  I did not drop them or anything so they cam from the store shelf like this.  Ugh!  I wold have taken them back but by this time it was not much of a choice as I had dinner prepared and we were all starving!

Even the ones that were not broken in half has big chunks out of them as you can see!

We ended up having moon shaped tostadas (sp?).  It was he best thing I could think of and we did not waste the shells this way.

I am buying an extra box next time so I can take them back, this has never happened to me before!

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Sidewalk chalk in the snow, heck yes!

Who says you can’t use side walk chalk when it snows outside?  Not me, we had a great time with it.  Love it that it washes off so easily!  We had a good snow storm last week and after we finished marking up the entire back yard, we were not ready to go in yet so we drew all over the fence.  Now my daughter thinks I am the bomb!  We had a lot of fun!

Of course the dog wanted to be in the pictures too!

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