When It Rains, It Pours

It has been a rough few days in my household. After my cheerful blog post on Tuesday, things went downhill. My mom got really sick & went to Urgent Care which turned into an emergency room visit. She used to be a nurse so sickness rarely affects her unbelievable threshold for discomfort & illness. I knew the pain was serious when she sought treatment from a doctor. Approximately fourteen hours later, all tests had come back negative, and my very tired parents were back home. I was worried sick about what the illness might be, but nothing major appears to be wrong. My mom is strong & healthy, and I have no doubt she’s going to make a speedy recovery. I swear she is a living, breathing superwoman. The day she got sick, she bought groceries & dinner despite the pain. After everything was unloaded from the car, she said the following to me: “Here’s the food. Please fill this container with dish soap. I’m going to Urgent Care. I’ll be back.” If you think that sounds nonchalant, you are correct. She might as well have said “I’m going to the nail salon. I’ll be back.” I want to be her when I grow up! 💪🏻

In the midst of being concerned for my mom, I received a distressing email early Wednesday morning from YouTube. According to their new standards, I am no longer eligible for their YouTube Partner Program. This means I lose out on making money from my videos as well as helpful features such as creating my own thumbnails & scheduling upload times. I wouldn’t still be a YouTuber if money was my main motivation, but what little I do make helps me to continue creating content. It is so motivating to watch my monthly income increase month by month thanks to increased viewership & support. Right now the news feels like a punch to the gut, but I refuse to let this stop me. I am here to stay for as long as I feel inspired to make videos. If you want to support my channel, thank you from the bottom of my heart! <3

The cherry on top of this emotionally draining week is a bit more humorous. Thanks to the amount of clothing I have jammed into my teeny tiny closet, the right pole flange (look it up) broke. I had to remove one of my hanging shelf organizers on the other side of the closet, no easy task when you’re angry & tired, and make space for some of the clothes about to fall to the floor. Just what I needed to cheer me up! 🙄

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Seasonal Sneezings | Blogmas 2015

Is sneezings even a word?  Oh well!  It sounds clever. ;)  I stayed home from church today because I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck.  Dairy-free egg nog and “The Great British Bake Off” on Netflix has proved to be a successful remedy.  I really need to get better because I work tomorrow night.  Lovely!  Sadly, today was the last day of Hanukkah.  I am grateful for all of the gifts I received.  To commence the Festival of Lights, I will be watching “Maccabees: The Story of Hanukkah.”  Here is a clip of the short, animated movie:

Last night I started reading “The Pawn” by Steven James.  I have read it before, but I am starting over because the series is longer now so I want to refresh my memory of the first few books.  The Patrick Bowers Files is a great series; in a nutshell, the books are thrilling crime/mystery adventures.  The format is similar to that of “Criminal Minds” on TV because you read from many points of view including agent Patrick Bowers and the unknown serial killer.  I will definitely be reading a few chapters before bed tonight.  Smart decision!  If you are interested in this series, click the link: Books

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Elf in Recovery | Blogmas 2015

 

Trick 3D. An Elf's Story: North Pole Hospital. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2015. http://www.trick3d.com/_/img/_folio/orig-elf-hospital-lg.jpg.

Trick 3D. An Elf’s Story: North Pole Hospital. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2015. http://www.trick3d.com/_/img/_folio/orig-elf-hospital-lg.jpg.

I am off work today so the only things on my to-do list are PJs, Christmas movies, and blogging.  Even though Hanukkah is in full swing and Christmas is 15 days away, I am in holiday limbo right now.  Perhaps starting the festivities early really is a December buzzkill.  Either that or my long, emotional year full of changes is taking its toll on my mentality.  Oy vey!!  I love Christmastime.  I’m pretty sure there is elf somewhere in my heritage.  Why oh why is the Christmas struggle real right now??!  I’m sorry readers.  Despite my attempts to be holly jolly, I’m only human.  That’s what this blog is all about, me being myself.  Unfortunately that includes mood swings. ;) Perhaps eggnog, Chinese food, and quality time with my brother will boost my spirit. :D

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I hope all of you are having a very merry Thursday night.  Happy 5th night of Hanukkah!!

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Rosh Hashanah 2014

Rosh Hashanah 2014

Shalom readers!!  I will keep this post short and “sweet” (PUN INTENDED) in honor of the Jewish New Year celebration.  I am feeling very grateful today because my recovery from [wisdom teeth] surgery has been, for the most part, smooth sailing.  There have been moments of pain and discomfort, but the exchange was sleep and ice cream.  Do I really have cause to complain??  I may not be part of an elaborate Rosh Hashanah celebration, but I am celebrating in my heart.  I have one favor to ask: I am restricted from eating anything but soft foods for obvious reasons.  Will someone please eat challah and something made from apples for me??  Please & thank you.

In honor of my Sephardic ancestors, I leave you with this Ladino greeting: “Anyada Buena, para munchos anyos.”

“Have a good year for many years.”

L’shanah Tovah readers!!

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Jaws

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Hola readers!!  It is a cool, sunny morning in Texas, and I want to spread the autumn cheer with all of you.  First things first.  Why Jaws???  well, all four of my wisdom teeth were removed yesterday morning at 10am, and I felt the movie reference was appropriate in a comedic way.  You may wondering why I am so happy if I just had surgery.  I admit I was very nervous going into the operation, but the whole experience has been quick and only slightly uncomfortable.  At 9am, I took my pre-surgery pill.  At 10am, I was taken into the operating room and given oxygen.  I began to relax and feel very very sleepy,but I refused to fall asleep despite my suspicion that I was supposed to.  Sometime soon after, the doctor walked in and began to talk to me.  “Are you feeling sleepy?”  “Yes.”  Did you take your pill one hour earlier?”  “Yes.”  Did it make you feel relaxed and sleepy?”  “Yes.”  When is the last time you ate?”  “8 o’clock last night.”  “Good.”  “What did you eat?”  “A turkey dog.”  “That sounds good.  What is your favorite condiment?”  At the exact time that I answered “Mustard”, an IV needle was inserted into my arm.  I do not remember being conscious after that.  I heard voices during the surgery, but I think what I remember was the very end of the operation, right before they sat me up and put me into a wheelchair.  I did not feel very silly or drowsy.  I felt a little sleepy, but I was very much alert albeit slow-moving.  I was taken to my car, and I slept the whole way home.  My mom later informed me that the whole thing took twenty minutes.  I slept most of the day although I had to wake up at certain times for an ice pack, medicine, food, and water.  The swelling was gone by late evening.  Thank the Lord because my tongue felt ten times too big for my mouth, and not talking just about killed me.  You know that ache you feel after smiling or laughing for an extended period of time?  That’s how my face feels.  Not too bad.  The whole process has been very smooth.  Not even the liquid diet has brought down my mood.  Yay!!  Well, I think I’ve yapped enough for one blog post.  I shall return soon.

Stay relaxed readers!!

“If you take my wisdom tooth, does it transfer my wisdom to you?”  “Sort of.  I’m now 500 bucks wiser.”  – B.C. Comic Strip  (http://alphacomedy.com/gallery/media/bc/45886.html)

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