Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Innocence lost

Well, it happened. And I know I should have been preparing myself through prayer and medication but I really didn't expect it to happen this soon.

14 went to an end-of-year school party ... and when I picked him up at 11pm, he was hammered. HAMMERED! Fortunately 14 likes to tell me in great detail everything he does so he told me exactly how much he had to drink. 3 beers and lots of shooters mostly consisting of vodka. I spent the entire drive home quizzing him with "are you going to throw up?" And once home encouraged him to drink water.

 The crazy thing was how many drunken teens were wobbling around the property, across the street from the property, in the middle of the road in front of the property - there were at least 50 (14 said 80) and this was a really nice house on a really nice street in a very expensive area (annex/yorkville) and the parents were supposedly home. One 14-year-old boy was vomiting on their lawn and then passed out according to 14, I may have referred to this boy as freakishly tall boy in previous posts ... or perhaps not.

I get the sense that the parents lost control and evicted everyone just before 11:00 and while I was waiting in my car for 14 to jump in, I assumed every car that turned the corner would carry police.

I think my shock over the permissiveness of the parents and how drunk the underage kids were, kind of overshadowed any sense of irritation towards 14.  What if something had happened to the kids? Specifically the one vomiting and then passed out? Did the parents leave him outside? I'm really a bit horrified.

And to think I asked 14 if he wanted to take pop and chips to the party.

Monday, June 20, 2011


I had my annual MRI on Wednesday and this was one of the many irritating conversations I had with the nurse checking me in:

N: Have you had abdominal surgery in the past.

Me: Yes, I had this one procedure done years ago and this other thing done and I had my ovaries removed 5 weeks ago.

N: And when was your last period.

Me: In April.

N: Oh... and you are positive you are not pregnant?

Me: No, because I had my OVARIES REMOVED 5 WEEKS AGO.

N:  Right.

It was like she had morphed into my children.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm looking for someone to slap

This is how tired I am - I nearly fell asleep while having my teeth attacked by my dental hygienist.

Except for when she had me laughing - she told me the story of a colleague's wife who was going through menopause and she would enter the kitchen each morning, hands on hip, and say 'I'm looking for someone to slap' and the husband and children would dart.

I just might have to incorporate that into my morning routine.

Though husband did say to me yesterday that I seem to be coping quite well without sleep.

Something else had me laughing yesterday too - while talking to a colleague about how school ending is really closing down on me, hard, like a rusty prison cell door slamming shut, I mentioned how it has been really hard finding camps that 9 would be willing to embrace. We came up with the concept of SLOTH camp which I thought was brilliant! What a money maker and all you would need is a TV, an xBox a fridge ... a few other electronic products and voila! Done! I would have chapters throughout all of North America and endless children on a waiting list. Would hardly need staff or counsellors - all I would have to do is throw food at them occasionally and keep fingers crossed that there would be no power outages.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Science and hot flashes

40+ temperature outside + hot flashes = one very confused hot mama!

I no longer know if I'm hot because I'm in the throes of a hot flash or if it's just the damn temperature outside. Or to be honest, my blood pressure because everyone is driving me insane.

Random example of insanity running rampid in my house as exemplified in a dialogue between husband and teen:

Husband: 14, why is your lunch bag always covered in mud?

14: How should I know?

H: Because it's your lunch bag!

14: Dad, when is the house going to fall down?

H: What?

14: When is the house going to fall down? You should know because it's your house.

H: What does that have to do with your filthy lunch bag?

14: Because it's exactly the same thing!


I can only shake my head.

Anyway, regarding menopause (because it's much more fun talking about myself) this is how it is impacting me so far:
  • I get hot flashes but so far, keeping fingers crossed, I don't break down in a massive sweat soaking bedding and clothes ... I just get hot and at night, wake up.
  • I barely sleep. It doesn't matter if I have a glass or 3 of wine or I don't have a glass or 3 of wine, I don't sleep.
  • I am exhausted.
  • I am a bit cranky because of exhaustion.
  • My family is a little nervous.
  • Last night I might have had a massive mood swing because I became insanely angry at my undeserving* family but it could also have been because I only had 2 or 3 hours of sleep the night before and they were being unhelpful.
  • I am very appreciative of make-up but am going through foundation and concealer at an alarming rate.
Now this might have a bit to do with the fear I've inspired but 9 is being very sweet saying that I look beautiful and he loves me. If only it worked with the older ones.

* They totally deserved it.