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Feng Shui, H1N1, V

Posted by Jen in Books, Movies & TV, Friends & Family, Health Nuts |

Hmm – I just saw the message that WordPress has updated to the next version.  I’m a little leery about doing the upgrade right now.  The last time I did that, I had to go through all my posts and delete a bunch of odd little characters which were randomly inserted throughout my blog.

So, I have taken a break from my marathon of blog posting.  I knew that would happen.  I’m still tweaking my schedule a bit here and I haven’t been quite as diligent about sticking to the schedule I actually make for myself each day.  It’s a work in progress…always.  :)

So, my brother, Chris, is out in California now.  He just started his new job yesterday.  He’s loving the weather and actually found a few old high school friends nearby so that made the transition a little easier.  So far, the jury is still out as to how he is going to like this new job.  His boss is a bit of a micromanager.  Christopher has been his own boss for the past year of so and to suddenly have someone looking over his shoulder again can be a little rough.  Our family tends to be the “I can do this all by myself” kind of workers (for better or for worse!) so I am really hoping that it doesn’t cause too much stress for him.

It’s been quiet here without him, definitely.  He is missed.  :(

On a positive note, I think we have finally decided what to do with his apartment downstairs.  We are going to turn the living/kitchen area into a library/rec room. We have books stored in various bookshelves and drawers and closets all over the house and we thought it might be nice to have them in one central location.  I’m going to be in charge of “Feng Shui-ing” the room to make it cozy for reading and relaxing.  My brother did not appreciate Feng Shui.  At all.  I’m actually not sure if what I do is actual Feng Shui, but it’s all about removing the clutter and filling the room with happy, positive things.  Nice lighting, comfy chairs, lots of pillows, etc.   His bedroom and bathroom will just get a good cleaning so that it can be used as a guest room.  (For all those guests we NEVER have…lol.  It’s good to be prepared, though.)

Meghan stayed home from school today with her fever and sore throat.  The nurse called twice last week to get me to pick her up from school, but Meghan really wanted to try and stick it out, so I let her stay.  She only had a 99 fever both of those days with a bit of a scratchy throat.  Yesterday, though, we finally gave in and I picked her up early and took her home.  The truth is, the school is becoming filled with sick kids and even though her illness seems to be pretty mild, I don’t want her catching anything worse.  In a few weeks the school will be getting a shipment of the H1N1 vaccine and I signed her up for it.  I’ve decided not to take the chance of her getting that flu.  I had a friend who just recovered from it and she said it was the toughest battle of her life….and she is not a sick person usually.  I did request the vaccine version that is Thimerosal-free, but I’m not sure if that’s even available from her school.  We’ll have to just wait and see.

So, the new V is on tonight.  I hope it’s good.  I have the old mini-series on DVD and I watch it about once a year.  It’s a little cheesy and dated, but I still love it.  I’m a sucker for a good “us vs them” storyline.

Life Changes So Quickly

Posted by Jen in Friends & Family |

It’s amazing how quickly things can change.  In my case, the changes are pretty good – with just a touch of sad mixed in.  My little brother, Christopher, is going to be moving out to California at the end of this week.  He was offered a job opportunity last week to do web design for a start-up business out in Sunnyvale.  His old boss was offered a job and then put a good word in for Chris and the next thing we knew, he was offered a job, too.
And away he goes! :-D

So, how does this affect the rest of us?  Well, our family is pretty small and we have always lived near each other.  In my case, my brother has lived downstairs for the past year.  Our house has a odd sort of layout.  We have 4 bedrooms upstairs and each section is kind of separated into little wings – which is great for privacy.  My parents are in one half of the house and Meghan and I live in the the other half.  The back of the house has a guest bedroom and study.   Don’t say a word about the fact that I live in the same house as my parents…I’m incredibly sensitive about that.  LOL  :)   Having somewhere to stay as I finish my degree has been a blessing…I love my family – they are amazing.  XOXOX
Okay…back to the story….the downstairs part of our house is also finished off with another bedroom, living area, etc. That is where Chris has been staying.  (My mom jokes that she feels like she’s on the Cosby show…the kids leave, but they keep coming back!)  Well, Chris left his full-time job about a year ago to start his own web business.   It has been a rocky road…and one I guess he won’t have to travel anymore.  With this new job, he can do what he loves and get paid a nice amount of money for it, too.  Crazy how things work out.  I love it, though.  It gives me hope when I see things happen like this!  :)

The sad part is that I am seriously going to miss him like crazy, though.  He is probably the one person I hang out with the most (next to Meghan.)  We like most of the same shows, we’re both programmers (although he is MUCH better than I am now) and we like gaming and debating and just chatting about the world.  I have friends…I do…but most of my friends barely have the same interests as I do.  I met most of them over the years because they are parents of Meghan’s friends.   Blogging, the internet, Twitter, etc. is so foreign to all of them.  Blah. At least with Chris, I had an adult friend who actually knew what I was talking about.   Bummer.

So, this is going to be one heck of a busy week.  Lots of packing and I’m sure there will be quite a few tears.  Change is exciting, but it can be a little bit sad and scary, too.  I’m so proud of him, though.  I guess I know where Meghan and I will be visiting for our summer vacation next year!