Dream Diary: A Visit from My Zombie Grandma and the Lesson She Taught Me

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I was visited by my dead grandmother two nights ago in my dreams. Ugh. It was awful. Well, actually, her appearance was awful, but the message she sent during this visit was nice. Before I explain, let me share a little bit about my grandma. My dad’s mother, Grandma Sue, was very much into appearances. Her […]

Trudging Through the Narcolepsy Brain Fog

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One of the most frustrating symptoms of narcolepsy for me is brain fog – that heavy feeling on my skull that clouds my ability to think and react.  Brain fog is like trying to drive through heavy fog.  Since the view is obscured, you slow down.  You must try to pay extra attention to your […]

Jack Michael is Here!

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Jack joined our family 22 days ago on July 4th at 4:06pm weighing 7lbs 15oz. He was 21 inches long. The last few weeks have been a blur of nursing, changing diapers, and trying to rest when I can without neglecting my 5 year old daughter. The newborn stage is rough, but we are getting […]

My Long Hiatus

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Five months after my last post, I’m finally able to muster up some time and energy to provide an update.  I’m sorry I left you all hanging.  It has been a wild and crazy ride.  Here’s a hint: That’s a 25 week baby bump I’m rocking!  I’m carrying a baby boy due July 2nd.  As […]

Sausage, White Bean, and Kale Soup

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I’ve been in a dinner slump lately.  Actually, I’ve been in a breakfast, lunch, and dinner slump.  Mostly because I’ve just been in a slump period.  With the change in seasons and going off medications this past August, I’ve been feeling in need of some comfort, some warmth.  I’ve had to adjust my expectations of […]

Making Time to Exercise

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If only… One of the things I was most looking forward to when I decided to become a stay-at-home mom was having time to exercise more regularly. Since I changed my schedule to work in the office in the mornings and from home in the afternoons, I was losing my hour during the day that […]

How Hawaii Changed My Life

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On two occasions in April, I woke up in the 4:00am hour.  Willingly.  The first was on April 9th in order to catch a flight to Hawaii.  The second was just a couple days later in order to go on a photography tour.  The sunrise photograph above was shot sometime around 6:20-something in the morning.  For a person […]

#HAWMC Day 6: Dear (or not so Dear) Narcolepsy

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Today’s prompt is to write a letter to your condition – what do you want to get off your chest? Dear Narcolepsy, I hate that you cause me to not get the restorative sleep necessary to commit things that happen to memory. I cannot remember my daughter’s first word, her first experience with solid food, […]

Slimkicker Giving Away $1000 Home Gym

Back in November, I posted about a fun diet and fitness tracking website called Slimkicker.  Today, I found out they are giving away a Bowflex home gym valued at over $1000.  Winning this prize would be a great motivator to exercise more often since it wouldn’t even be necessary to leave the house!  They are […]

Balancing Act: Symptom Management and Medication Side-Effects

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It has been weeks since I’ve posted anything of substance about my own condition.  The winter has been long and dark.  I’ve felt largely unmotivated and unproductive after work, not making time to do much else besides cook dinner for the family and spend some time with them before using the last hour and a […]