Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Funnies - 8.31.12

I don't know about anyone else, but this has been a long difficult week.

Between being at the hospital, watching my 6 year old nephew so my mom could be at the hospital (I totally don't want 3 kids!) my husband working crazy late hours (seriously he didn't get home until 11 last night, after leaving at 5 am! Oh and he left at 5 am today! Poor guy!). Oh and going to the dentist TWICE to have my teeth drilled, because the first day I maxed out my anesthesia limit (5 shots!) so I had to go back to get the rest of the work done.....

To top off all of that fun, Tomorrow I am taking a test with the IRS so I can prepare taxes next year. A 3 hour test! Ugh!

I am desperately needing some laughs!

Here are some things that made me giggle this week.

This post by Tami from Pretty Purplexing on How To Be The Perfect Housewife has me laughing!

How often should I beat my wife?

Call me a hero!

Don't judge me, ok? :)


iFunny :)

Or is it....?

Thanks, Ryan.

Bahahaha I want this



Hope you have a great weekend! And think of me while I take my 3 hour IRS test!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The reality of parents getting older

I don't really know how to write this, and it may not all make sense to anyone, but I just need to write it out.

So here it goes....

25 years ago my dad found out he has type 2 diabetes (in his 30's). He has gone threw having both knees replace, and a massive heart attack three years ago.  He is only 57 years old.

And now this weekend he has lost 1/3 of his left foot.

He had an infection, that went horribly wrong and turned into gangrene. He was supposed to only lose his big toe, but during the surgery found out the infection was much worse and the top 1/3 had to be removed. He had signed a do not resuscitate order.

There is no way to describe the feelings that come up when the surgeon comes out and asks you to step into a private room to talk after a surgery. Or how hard it is to watch your dad break down and cry. Knowing this is hard on him, not only for the loss of his foot, but because he knows this is what happened to his dad. Crying on the phone with his sister, when I had to call her and break the news. And then call her again and tell her the outcome.

We are all taking it hard. Probably more so because my grandpa (his dad) had this happen to him. Lost his foot, and he died shortly after. In the month of August.

So to say I am freaking out is an understatement. I have spent the better part of this weekend crying off and on. At weird random times. Although not while at the hospital in front of him.

Today the surgeon will look at it again and decide if they need to take the rest of his foot off. I think the possibility of him losing his whole foot is low since they have taken him off antibiotics for the time being.

I am angry at the foot Dr he was seeing. He went in there 3 days in a row worried about this infection and the Dr wasn't concerned.

Its scary, and there are so many things I am worried about. Trying not to think about my grandpa and hoping the same ending won't happen again.

But where do you go from here? Is he going to be more depressed? If you think about it, how would you feel if you lost a limb? I am devastated, so I can only imagine how he feels.

Is this going to happen to me? Am I going to be the next one to follow in these genetic footsteps? I am almost the age he was when he found out about his diabetes. I am worried for my kids, will they get to know their grandpa? I am worried about my mom. How is she dealing with this?

From the sounds of it, he won't be going home after the hospital, he will have to go to a rehabilitation center and re-learn to walk. Go through physical therapy, perhaps get a prosthetic shoe or foot? I have no idea what they do for this.

In a way I hope he does go to a rehabilitation center instead of having an in home care nurse. They will do more physical therapy with him, and hopefully help him with the depression and feelings of losing a limb, or part of a limb.

My parents aren't going to live forever. And possibly not as long as I would like them to. Unfortunately the very real reality of my parents getting older has hit me at the young age of 27, and now again at 30.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Cake

So I haven't been baking much lately. Trying to lose the baby weight (10 more lbs to go to pre Jensen! then 10 more lbs to go to pre Jakah!)

And its been hot out, so I haven't wanted to turn on the oven. But I had some buttermilk left over after making my mom the Berry Buttermilk Cake for her birthday.

I couldn't really find a recipe I wanted to try, so I decided to use the base from the Berry Buttermilk Cake and add some chocolate chips in. Casey doesn't really like berries (weirdo!) so I figured he would like this.

Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Cake
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup softened butter
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 package (11.5 oz) chocolate chips I used Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips, my favorite!

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Grease Bundt Pan (PS looking thru my pictures I noticed I make a lot of Bundt cakes....hmmm)

In a bowl mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside

In the mixer, cream together butter and sugar for about 5 minutes.

At a low speed, add in eggs, one at a time. Add in vanilla and mix completely.

Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture to the batter, mixing until combined. Mix in 1/2 of the buttermilk.

Continue until all the flour and buttermilk are mixed in.

Add chocolate chips and mix.

Add batter to pan and bake for 50 - 60 minutes. Or until a toothpick comes out clean

This cake was yummy! It tasted like a big muffin :) That you got to put whip cream on! I should have made a chocolate glaze to go over the top. But I didn't have the ingredients and I'm lazy.

And apparently I didn't grease my pan well enough...I guess that's what happens when baking with a 2 year old! 

But it still tasted good!

Did I mention I was baking with a 2 year old! Who likes to taste the batter each and every time I stop the mixer to add something else!?

Good thing he's cute!

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