• Wellness

    The Sunday Night Panic

    Honestly, I don’t know what causes it. The overwhelming sense of dread that creeps in on Sunday night before bed. The feeling that makes me afraid to turn off the light and snuggle under the covers alone with my thoughts. No matter how many lists I write, alarms I set, or reminders in my phone…I never feel prepared. There is too much to do and not enough time and energy to get it done. Maybe it’s nerves because I had to schedule appointments with specialists last week. Maybe it’s because the wind is coming in from the Northwest. Maybe it’s the bariatric pressure. Or it’s just my mind turning on…

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  • Family & Friends,  Wellness

    What if all this work I’ve been doing can be applied to other things?

    Do you worry like I do? I thought when I was young worry was a feeling. Like, “I feel worried” and I was either worried about something happening or not happening or just worried in general. I thought the way to deal with the worry was planning. If I had a plan for every possible outcome then I don’t have to worry because I have a plan. As a kid, that was pretty helpful because kid sized problems have limited numbers of solutions and I went to sleep at night knowing I was covered. Now? I have plans upon plans upon plans. I’m like an evil genius with all these…

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  • Wellness

    Kettlebells – First and Second Workout (With YouTube Links)

    I have a book on my counter that was due on the 10th. I haven’t finished it yet, I’m slogging through to the end like a tortoise in molasses. I’ve even started reading a new, better, more shiny book instead but can’t seem to let the other one go until I’ve gotten to the very last page. I’m kind of weird like that when it comes to books. I just have to finish. There is no, “Meh, I’ll quit now.” option in my brain. So every once in a while I just keep a book when it was supposed to be returned (I’ve run out of renewals) and decide to…

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  • Budget & Finance,  Wellness

    5 Ways We Deal With Poor People Stress

    One of the things I have been asked more than a few times is how we deal with being poor. My knee-jerk instant response is, “We know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” Once in a while someone gets smart and says, “Really? That just keeps working?” or my favorite, “Didn’t he just get his current job last April? What about before that?” I always meet smart people. Some of them love to ask probing questions. As you can tell, that doesn’t bother me. One of the things that makes me different is that I have never felt comfortable turning to God for comfort. The way…

  • Wellness

    My Shady Ambulance Bill Story

    So I’ve been dealing with bills I racked up the last time I went to the emergency room. This is actually a good thing. The reason I’ve been having these problems is because I have primary and secondary insurance. See? A good kind of problem. I assumed my Medicaid (The poor folk insurance not the old folk insurance. I always mix the names up.) would be cancelled when we got the PPO coverage through Mr. Brickie’s job. It wasn’t. It’s become our secondary insurance. So now I wait for bills to come in and I send back my primary and secondary insurance information and wait for the bills to go…

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  • DIY,  Hodgepodge,  Wellness

    Chicken Nugget Recipe (or, Let’s All Try Not to Get Salmonella!)

    We had some chicken thighs hanging out in the fridge for a while (my “as snotty as they sell at Walmart” brand) and even though a very lovely, dear, kind, almost nun-like lady is shipping me an extra meat grinder for my KitchenAid, my cooking instincts told me this meat wasn’t going to last that long. I decided to suck it up and just this one time use my super-amazing 2 cup chopper attachment that my KitchenAid immersion blender came with to process the chicken thighs into mush. “Why would you be putting raw chicken into your immersion blender attachment?” I can hear someone ask. Not you, someone else. Someone…

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  • DIY,  Hodgepodge,  Wellness

    Crock-Pot Ground Beef Stew Recipe Madness

    The past few nights have been rough. I would watch the preschooler during the day while Mr. Brickie worked. Then, Mr. Brickie would come home and take care of the kids while I worked. Needless to say, he hates this arrangement. When we first got together he was all, “I’m so liberal when it comes to relationships. ehrmagherd I would never have a problem with you working or doing whatever you wanted to.” If he was the deep, introspective, know-thyself type he would have said, “I really don’t want to have a problem with you working but I will always be naturally happier when I am the one working and…

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