I Had My First Mammogram

The dreaded mammogram — before I had one, I pretty much grouped that appointment in with getting my teeth drilled. Word on the street was, they are painful and you have a machine squeeze your boobs flat into pancakes. I’m assuming you men would put it right up there with a prostate exam.

The story of my first mammogram. You have questions? I've got answers.

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Self Care & Coming Up For Air

Self care — it’s one of the last things on my mind. In fact, I’m struggling to even think of what my needs might be. The hustle of unemployment, being a mom and wife, the holidays, and all the noise from the media…well, let’s just say life has taken my quiet time to an all time low.

A list of ideas for self care.

This last week, I’ve especially felt like I was drowning. Every time I pick up my phone, there seems to be an email or phone call or request that cannot be ignored. At night it’s mommy, I need this. Mommy, watch me dance. Mommy, watch Moana for the 486th time with me. All I want to do is come up for air and breath.

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My New Morning Routine — Maybe A Workout?

How many of you hit the snooze button? I don’t know about you, but I’m so not a morning person. I wish I was. The Boy hears that first beep and boom, he’s up, showered, has empties his inbox, and probably had a conference call or two. He has a very rigid morning routine. Yes, we are complete opposites.

New Morning Routine Workout Plan

The old routine was awake by 6:12AM, shower, coffee, train, and walk from the Metra station to work. Since getting laid off, I smack my phone about 17 times. My kids climb into bed with me, curl up, play with their iPads or watch cartoons, and I’m in dreamy dreamy land. My brain says to my body, “really…why do you need to wake up?” Well, I don’t, but I should. If I wake up at 9AM, the morning is gone. Suddenly I feel behind. I haven’t been on Instagram, or checked email, the coffee is almost gone, and I’ll probably shower around 2PM if I’m lucky. I no longer have time to workout. My day is now a scramble of playing catch up. That feeling in no bueno.

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