Wednesday, February 27, 2013


oh, my.  I have such a bad headache today.  It makes it so hard to do anything.

I didn't know I got "migraines" until my doctor diagnosed them.  I have always gotten very bad headaches, ones that made my stomach cramp and made it impossible to look at light.  However, I thought that with migraines you would see auras, or funny images on my eyelids... My doctor told me that the headaches I get once or twice a month are classified as migraines.  I forget why or what criteria classified them as migraines.

When I get one of these headaches the only thing that makes it go away is sleeping.  And sometimes I keep it for a couple days even if I do sleep.  Light hurts.  Fragrances double the pain.  My neck and shoulders ache.  I can't see- Sometimes everything looks fuzzy.  I'm so crabby and touchy...  I hate this!

It makes it so hard to be a good mom, a good wife...
It makes me selfish and mean.
It makes me miss out on life.

My doctor gave me a pill I can take, but it knocks me out.  And then I really miss out.  Plus, my kids have appointments, I have work...  Most of the time I call in sick when this happens, but my students really need me this week.

I wish today was over.

God, thank you for my job!  Thank you for my doctor.  Thank you for my family.  Thank you for sunglasses.  Thank you for taking care of me.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Folk Fest Reaction

Beth and I had a lot of fun as vendors at the Folk Fest last week.  We listened to some good music. (Some we really could have done without, too.  I admit, neither of us is an avid fan of bluegrass.  However, we enjoyed the jazz, acoustic and celtic offerings.)  We got to talk to some old friends, meet new people and sell some jewelry.

Beth sold quite a bit (Go, Beth!), and I covered table fees.  I'm delighted for her, and disappointed for myself.  Since my stuff tends toward the sparkly and Beth leans towards stones, I wasn't terribly surprised.  We made some contacts, had lots of people ooh and ahh over our jewelry, handed out quite a few business cards. 

Sum up:  We are willing to try it next year again now that we know what it is like and can plan for the the average Folk-Fest person.  Probably a bit more leather, wood and ribbon and a bit less sparkly.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Saturday Smiles

Normally on Saturday I share a couple of things that have made me smile over the last week.  However, today I just have one.

Beth and I are at a bazaar today!  Well, it's not really a bazaar, and we really don't have any clue how it will go.  Someone invited us to set up a booth at the local Winter Folk Fest, an acoustic music (Bluegrass, Celtic and Jazz) all day event at Pioneer Park.

Here's a fun album of the music groups from last year- Beth & I did not go last year, so we have no idea what this will be like.

We are excited and nervous.  Beth's contact said the event is pretty much self-contained with people stuck there all day so the vendors do pretty well...  However, we sell sparkly jewelry.  Not so sure how that will go with the Folk Fest crowd.  We are hoping for some crossover from our Farmer's Market crowd.

I'll update here how we did.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Saturday Smiles

On Saturdays I share a few things that have made me smile over the last week.

This has been a rough week!  Some really important appointments and a bunch of cancellations.  I haven't done a huge amount of smiling.  But I have not been a dour sourpuss all week...  I have smiled.  I have laughed.  Quite a bit too.  It's just been a rough week.  And I'm smiling as I think about the fact that this week is over!!

1) My husband
Jake has let me explode all over him several times this week, and he has helped me be silly.  What an amazing gift he is!

He has been able to do some photography this week, so he's all happy and excited about his negatives.  I am, too.

2) Our house is warm!
Oh!  It has been so cold here in Fairbanks.  I hate negative temperatures and especially when it gets down to -40 F.  Blech.  But our house is warm and we are safe.  We ran out of fuel at the end of last week, and it is miserable to go without heat for even a couple of days up here.  God provided heating fuel for our house, and we are so thankful!

3) Chocolate
Chocolate has made me smile this week.  In fact, I smile about chocolate quite a lot. =)