Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Officially Clinically Diagnosed."

I finally bit the bullet and went in to talk to my doctor on Monday. I told him everything, even the things I didn't want to tell him.

I told him I was overwhelmingly sad.

I told him I had a hard time willing myself to do even the slightest task.

I told him I had absolutely no idea why I felt this way.

They gave me a psychological evaluation - a barrage of questions relating to my mood and habits. I got to the question, "Do you feel as though you are consistently on the verge of crying?" I started to cry. Right there and then. Check! As I moved through the questions I felt more and more disheartened. Then I reached this question: "Do you sometimes feel as though you are useless and that people would be better if you weren't around?" I broke down. Sobbed like a baby as I sat alone in the doctor's office. By the time the doc came back in I was an absolute mess.

He asked me a few more questions, looked over my evaluation, and then said as nicely as he could, "Well, you can now consider yourself officially, clinically diagnosed with depression."


I mean I already had a pretty good idea that I had depression, but to hear it from a doctor is kinda rough. We talked medication since this is obviously a chemical imbalance and he put me on Wellbutrin. I absolutely, positively HATE that I have to be medicated for this. Part of me thinks I just need to pull myself together and CHOOSE to be happy. I'm in control of my emotions, dammit!

But the fact is I'm not. And that sucks big time.

That said, I'm proud of myself for finally getting this taken care of. I'm feeling so much better about my future and I'm excited to see how this medication will make me feel and how much it will change my life.

I feel kinda weird posting this on a public blog... It's like I'm openly admitting to the world that I'm crazy or something. But like I said a few posts back, this blog is my journal of sorts, and I want it to be honest. I want it to reflect what I'm going through at any given time, even if it's not picture perfect. I appreciate people who are open and honest about how difficult life can be at times, and I want to be one of those people too.

Thanks everyone for your love and support. I really, really appreciate it.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Conversation with the 5-Year-Old

 Me: I'm going to get you and Ollie something to eat while I finish getting ready.

Taylor: But I already have clothes on.

Me: No, I said I'd get you something to EAT.

Taylor: Ooooh, okay. But first could you get me something to eat?

Me: *sigh*...

Friday, July 6, 2012

Project: Organize the junk drawer!

Anyone's junk drawer look something like this?

I think that's about what every junk drawer in the world looks like - just a messy drawer where you throw all those little odds and ends you don't know what else do to with. Problem is it gets progressively more and more "junky," to the point where you can't find what you need and if you're anything like me all that junk starts spilling out onto your counters or into other drawers in the kitchen. No bueno.

So here's a little challenge from me to you - take 20-30 minutes out of your day and get that drawer under control! Here are the simple steps to taming that junk drawer.

1. Take everything out of the drawer. EVERYTHING. While it's empty, take a damp cloth and wipe out the inside of the drawer. It probably hasn't been cleaned in ages, eh?

2. Sort, sort, sort! Sort like items together and make three separate piles - items that need to go back in the drawer, items that need to go somewhere else in the house, and garbage to throw away. You'll be surprised how much garbage has been taking up precious space in this drawer!

3. Use what you've got to get organized. I don't have the time or money to go out and buy a bunch of organizing containers, but I do have an abundance of tupperware containers that I don't particularly like for food. They fit just right in my junk drawer though!

4. Sort like items into containers. Think about what you use most often, and what you only need to get to every once in a while. That way things won't get shuffled around too much once everything is nicely in place.

5. Admire your work! Doesn't this look so much better? I keep opening the drawer every time I go into the kitchen just to look at how organized everything is.

Now for the real challenge - keeping it that way! Organizing your home doesn't take hours and hours. You can get a lot accomplished just by taking a little sliver of time out of each day.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Silly Boys

I haven't posted many pics of the boys lately so I thought I'd better do that before I get harassed from the grandparents. Enjoy!

I'm so happy that these two little muchkins have started playing together more often. Makes my life so much easier!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bad Haircut.

I love my stylist. LOVE her. I've been going to see her for years and I've loved every haircut I've had from her.

Well, up until now that is...

This makes me so sad. She just completely butchered my hair. That's the only way I can describe it. Guess I've got to look for a new salon to go to... Boo.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Project: Turn your kitchen window into a spice rack!

Before I get into this how-to I just want to say thank you to everyone who voiced their love and concern about my previous blog post. I appreciate the support of everyone around me and feel very loved and very thankful. I know things will get better.

Okay, with that out of the way, I'd like to share this SUPER simple tutorial with all of you!

When we first moved into our house I was so excited about how much more room I had in my new kitchen, but there was one major problem - I had absolutely no wall space for a spice rack. At first I thought I'd just put them in one of my cupboards, but I've tried that before and it just doesn't work; spices get pushed to the back or knocked over and it takes forever to find what I need. I cook a lot and use a lot of different spices, so I need them to be out and easily accessible.

My husband and I brainstormed about it for a while, then realized that we could utilize the kitchen window over our sink! We took a quick trip to the home improvement store and after wandering around forever trying to find something that would work we came across pre-painted pine boards that were just the right size - about 2 inches deep and 3/4 of an inch thick - just perfect for spices. We bought one board and cut it down to make two shelves that were the dimension of the window.

Now to decide on how to mount them to the wall. I needed the shelves to be easily removable so I can take them down when I need to wash the window, and I wanted something as inconspicuous as possible. Sean came up with something pretty ingenious. He bought a pack of little metal shelf brackets - the kind with a peg that you'd put in an adjustable bookshelf. He mounted the brackets to the wall with screws, then drilled holes in the shelves that the pegs could rest in. It worked perfectly! It holds really well and if I need to take the shelves down I just have to lift them off the pegs.

Moral of the story: You can always find the extra space you need if you get creative!