Thursday, April 30, 2009

H1N1 Hysteria

*warning rant ahead*

Ok people, listen up. Why all the panic about pigs? Egypt started slaughtering 300,000 pigs yesterday "just incase" they have the swine flu. Good lord!

Did you know, the flu kills 36,000 Americans every single year? Did you know the swine flu hasn't killed ONE American yet? Yeah, one toddler did die in Texas, but he was already in precarious health, brought the flu over the border from his home country of Mexico and harbored the illness for days before seeking treatment.

It frustrates me to no end, that now that this flu is a danger to healthy individuals we are advised not to go to work sick. Not to take public transportation if we're sick. Wash our hands regularly. Yadda yadda yadda. Everybody panic! This is common sense PEOPLE!

My favorite ridiculous advice on the local news was one day before the swine flu news broke. Earth Day, April 22, 2009. Dr. Tom Hopkins on KCRA Channel 3 evening news actually suggested, to save water, quit washing your hands with soap and water. Instead use Purell. I had two problems with this. First, the carbon footprint of a bottle of purell MUST be greater than a 30 second hand wash with soap and water. And two, NOTHING replaces hand washing! Purell doesn't kill EVERYTHING! It's great when there is NO water, so use it in a pinch, but replace hand washing, at home or work or public restrooms? RIDICULOUS. A week later after the swine flu news broke, Dr. Tom was back on the news urging everyone to wash their hands properly with soap and water. Idiot.

YOU healthy people that walk around with the common cold are putting me in danger every single day, swine flu or regular flu. The common cold could KILL me and thousands of others like me. But you never seem to care about that.

All you healthy people walk around in public infecting me day in and day out every single year. But now.... whooaaaa, watch out! Now YOU too may get sick and die. So everybody panic! Start being courteous! If you're sick, swine flu or not, STAY HOME! Duh.

*now back to your regularly scheduled program. I'm off to cook some pork for dinner*

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Long Week(end)

Last Friday was a loooong day. It started with dropping the twins off at school at 8:30AM. Then I ran some errands, dropped my errands off at home, put the dog in the car, picked up the kids, dropped the dog off at boarding school in West Sacramento and dropped the kids off at Davis. Paul came home at 2PM and we drove down to Los Angeles to celebrate Fran's birthday. The weekend was really mellow and good. It was weird not to have the twins to look after, especially while out of town. I was free to sleep in, watch movies, and eat several hot meals in a row. I also got a pedicure with Fran. I asked for flowers, and this is what I got. I think it's more like a bouquet.



We also had the pleasure of finding this super cool stop in Buttonwillow. The name of the taco stand is escaping me at the moment but OH... MY... GOD... los tacos de pastor son fantástico! They were super moist with a little bit of kick. It was kinda funny that there was a roach coach outside, while all the ordering and eating takes place inside. But guess where the food was prepared. In the roach coach! I wish we lived closer to Buttonwillow.

Today Abby picked out her own outfit for school. Have I mentioned that she is really into stripes lately? She doesn't understand the concept of matching colors yet, she just thinks stripes match stripes. She leaves the house all the time now with mismatched top and bottom stripes, because really, who buys stripy outfits? You're supposed to pair the stripes with solids, right? Not Abby. Not only that, but she is also really into dresses lately. In fact she informed me she only wants to wear dresses from now on. So when it's chilly for school I make her wear pants and shirts under her spring dresses. Well today she wore her easter dress, with stripy tops and bottoms.



Tom's new favorite thing is to block the camera whenever I try and take a picture of Abby. He's such a ham!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Eggstravaganza!



I'm supposed to be packing because we're shipping the twins off to the in-laws this weekend, but the twins really wanted to dye easter eggs. Say what? Don't we have calendars over here?

About a month ago I had great intentions of dying easter eggs on time. I bought the dye. I showed the kids. They got excited. And then somehow, we ran out of time. About two days before easter I bought a 12 pack of eggs. We don't keep eggs in this house because no one bakes regularly and no one eats eggs. Not scrambled, not over easy, not hard boiled. I can't stand eggs. I can't stand the texture, the way they smell, the way they taste... and I believe Paul has similar dispositions on eggs as well.

Well easter came and went and no eggs got dyed. Last night Tom spied the egg dye in the kitchen cupboard. He pulled it out and insisted we dye them right then and there. I was about to serve dinner so I promised him we'd dye them in the morning. So this morning rolled around and I have a bazillion things to do, but one thing I cannot do is disappoint.

So i filled a pot with water, boiled the eggs, cooled the eggs and let the kids dye the eggs. Now my house smells like hard boiled egg and it's gross. But the twins had a blast. They especially liked the magic tricks, yellow + blue = green, pink + blue = purple, yellow + pink = orange. This was their first experience dying easter eggs. I think it was a hit and we'll have to do it BEFORE easter next year so we have some guests to pawn these awful smelly eggs off on during easter brunch! I'm pretty sure this batch will sit in the fridge until I throw them out next week.





Anyone want an egg? I can't promise quality over here... I haven't eaten one, obviously!

PS Thank you google for teaching me how to hard boil eggs.

Monday, April 20, 2009

UC Davis Picnic Day

One of my favorite days of the year has come and gone again. That's right, THE PICNIC is over.

When I was an undergraduate at UC Davis I think the best part of Picnic Day was most certainly the night before, shakin' my groove thing dancing on a table at The Grad. I actually looked forward to a night filled with 7 for 1 watered down Tokoyo tea's and some variation of the K.G.B. What was I thinking?

Since I graduated, Picnic Day has become a place to reconnect to old friends, most of which I see on a semi-regular basis anyway. And for those that I don't get to see in person, Facebook certainly has filled in the gaps.

Since I had kids, Picnic Day is a fun free event with more than enough things to do to keep the little ones entertained. This year we saw the parade, where Abby insisted on covering her ears most of the time because the marching bands were too loud.



We ate lunch on the quad. i love anytime you can buy food from a tent, so that is exactly what we did. Every year Paul gets the tacos from one of the fraternity booths. This year I joined him and I was not disappointed! It was just meat and salsa on a plain soft white corn tortilla, but I was starving and they were ultra yum!

At 1PM we had tickets to see Dallas and Toni talk about how they got eliminated from the last season of The Amazing Race. The talk was rather long for the twins, so we left 90 minutes into it. I would have loved to stay longer, but having 2 four year olds bounce from lap to lap in a big auditorium for 90 minutes was enough for me! They did great considering the circumstances.

After Dallas and Toni's talk we grabbed a super size snack at the coffee house. Nothing like pumping sugar into two 4 year olds skipping their nap and haven't eaten an ounce of anything healthy all afternoon. Tom got a super size sugar cookie with M&M's baked into the top. Abby picked out a super size double chocolate brownie. And Paul and I shared a super sized rice crsipy cookie. Well, to be honest, I ate most of it, but i did share some!

Then we checked out battle of the bands, which is my favorite part of the day! UC Davis invites marching bands from all over the state to come and compete in this creek-side event. They each take turns playing one song and no one song can be repeated by anyone. So when you run out of songs to play, you're out of the competition. Abby is not a big fan of this event because of the noise, but we found the Morrills hanging out in the shade far from the action. We hunkered down there and guess what we did? We got some more snacks! This time it was ice cream. Yum!

After we got our fill of the bands we headed back to the Sr. Telfords for a BBQ. Tom and Abby were happy to have Hannah to play with! They tried playing tag, but Tom was much more interested in being "it" than being chased. It's a very confusing concept of a game if you think about it. Everyone makes a big deal about being "it" so why wouldn't you want to be "it"? Then all three of the kids screamed "let's get naked!" and they jumped into a wading pool being filled with water directly from the hose. Now it was a warm day, but it wasn't THAT warm! I was surprised Tom and Abby lasted as long as they did, soaking each other with the hose. Hannah lasted less than 5 minutes, but Tom and Abby paddled for nearly a half hour!

I have no idea what was so funny in this picture, but there are about a dozen pictures of Abby and Hannah just giggling with some roses. Must have been a great joke!



For all you Aggie fans out there, there are more pictures from Picnic Day HERE!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tracks of Pez

This is not the video I wanted to upload to youtube, but apparently I'm inept at iMovie, so this is the one that got uploaded. So now I'm sharing it with you because it's almost equally as funny as the video as I wanted to share.

It's no secret that we have a thing about Pez in this house. It's turned into a family obsession. Well along with the hundreds of dispensers Paul and the twins have collected there comes candy packs. We have a gigantic glass jar filled with Pez candy. From time to time the twins like to play with the candy. On this particular day they spread it throughout the house, from the living room into the kitchen. And here's the proof. Can you tell who was in charge of the organization? My OCD son perhaps?

Sinus Mess

A week ago I went to radiology to have a CT of my sinus. I kinda just went for fun, you know, since it had been over a year since I had a CT of my sinuses. Well I was shocked to get a phone call the very next day from my doctor explaining I had such a bad infection and inflammation that they actually want to treat it with nasally inhaled antibiotics and steroids. Seriously??? I knew i had a sinus infection when I got back from Mexico, 3 months ago! But I thought I took care of it by flushing the sinuses with salt water and antibiotics. Apparently not!

So by Tuesday this week I still had not heard from my pharmacy that they had any new prescriptions for me, so I gave them a call. Come to find out they did fax the request to a compounding pharmacy in Los Angeles. Yeah, like FOUR HUNDRED miles away. This must be one special place! I looked up compounding pharmacies in my area and though they are few and far between, there are some within 30 miles.

It doesn't really matter because I'd rather have my meds shipped to my door overnight anyway, rather than driving an hour to pick up some meds and then an hour back. Surely my time spent in the car is worth more than the $10 shipping fee. Not only that, but since these meds are in the top tier of my prescription copays (non-formulary) I get to pay the highest copay price. Yippeee~! So $80 later I should have my months worth of meds at my door..... SHOULD HAVE is the key word.

Along with the meds I'm going to need ANOTHER compressor in this house. I have 3 that I already use on a daily basis. First we have the oxygen concentrator. It's about the size of a small refrigerator. I keep this one in the den and run the oxygen tubing to my room when I sleep.



Then we have the HFCWO device. (High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation) This thing weighs about a ton and is loads of fun to travel with. It ties me down 3 times a day, for 30 minutes each day.



Then there is the small, but important nebulizer compressor. I use 4 different medications in this thing 3 different times a day, totaling close to 2 hours of therapy.




And now they want me to get a second nebulizer, specially made for the sinuses. What's the difference between the other nebulizer and this new one? Apparently about 2 PSI. The one I use for my lower airway (lungs) outputs about 18 PSI and the new one outputs about 20 PSI. The cost difference about $200! The higher PSI apparently creates smaller medication droplets that are then absorbed by the sinuses. The lower PSI would create larger droplets too big for the sinuses to use.



I spent about 5 hours on the phone Wednesday trying to find ONE durable medical equipment company contracted with my insurance that stocks this thing. I finally found ONE! However, they said they probably won't give it to me, even if I have a prior authorization... which is a whole other story. I don't even have one of those yet! The reason the company won't supply this to me is because my insurance will pay them for the SinuStar, but they will pay the going contracted rate for it. And I don't know how much that is, but the DME said it's not enough. So she won't rent it to me through my insurance. I can understand if the insurance is only going to fork out $50 for this thing, and the company paid $250 for it from PARI, then they do get screwed. But who's getting screwed the most here??? Me perhaps? Because my sinuses are apparently destroying themselves and nobody wants to help me. And you know what's going to happen if they don't control the infection soon? Yeah, you guessed it, I'll need another multi-thousand dollar sinus surgery. And guess what, my insurance covers that.

Can you tell how much I love HMO's?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Gathering 2009

The twins woke up bright and early on Easter morning, 6:30AM to be exact. It's not unusual that they are up by 7, but come on, 6:30? Paul got up and turned on a 20 minute program on the TV for them and fell back into bed. At least we got another 20 minutes of laziness before we had to get up. I think they were excited to see all their loot from the bunny! They're so funny though, they didn't even touch it, not one bit, before we came out to see them around 7AM.

Tom got 3 new transformers and Abby got 3 new fairies (Arrival Tinker Bell, Silvermist and Rosetta) The fairies are really cute and Abby just loves playing with them. It's really the first time she's been into "dolls" and I'm so glad to see it! Most of her day gets dictated by what Tom wants to do, that her girlie toys just sit in a box in the closet. Although, she's enjoying losing the fairies' shoes every other hour, which is great fun for Mom to hunt for. Why do these toys have to have such small pieces? Wanna know where I found Tink's shoe today? Abby insisted on bringing Tink to school (and Tom insisted on bringing "bumbles" aka Transformers "Bumblebee") but as we're getting ready to jump in the car Tink has lost her shoe. We hunt and hunt and hunt. I even hunt some more while the twins were at school today. Then in the car on the ride home, I'm passing Tink to the back seat so Abby can hold her and lo and behold, her shoe is stuffed up between her thighs. Not two minutes goes by when we walk into the house Tink's lost another shoe. So I head back out to the car cursing the invention of such shoes and regretting the purchase all together. I scavenge around the car seat, under the car seat, in all the hidden pockets it could have fallen between Abby's trip out of the car seat into the house. Abby comes running out of the house exclaiming, "it was in her underwear again!" Whaaat??? How does this happen? I don't know. But Tink has both shoes.

We hosted Easter dinner at our house. The whole family was invited. Both of my sisters and their boyfriends came, Paul's parents were here and so was my mom. And of course JB, the twins' cousin. In this picture it's hard to tell, but Tom has monster claws and he was actually growling during the photo. Grrrrrrr!



There was an easter egg hunt. I hid 75 eggs in the backyard for 3 little kids. I knew it wouldn't take long for them to find the eggs, which is why I hid so many. Unfortunately I wasn't thinking clearly and filled them ALL with all sorts of candy. So now we have enough candy to last us through Halloween. Abby adored her Easter dress. She spent most of the day just "dancing" around the house, lifting her dress, doing circles. She loved it! Tom picked out his own clothes. I asked him if he'd wear those "easter shorts" that I specifically bought for Easter. I also bought a matching shirt but he was not having it. He wanted to wear the plaid shorts with the stripy shirt. So I let him. *sigh*






I think the highlight of the day was riding JB's scooter. He was so nice to share! Abby informed me she was really really good on the scooter and she NEEDS one! I told her, when she is big like JB, she can have one. He's 6, so I think that bought me at least 2 months.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Painted Nails

Several weeks ago the twins asked me to pain their toe nails. I obliged both of them, yes, Tom too. Well this past week they asked me to paint their fingernails AND toe nails! Abby has pink polish on one hand and red polish on the other hand. Tom, however, has five different colors on his fingers. Each nail is a different color. We have blue, red, purple and two different shades of pink. He LOVES them!

On Wednesday I took both of them to an indoor play center. They played for 3 hours! Well there was an older boy there, probably around 7 or 8 years old and he asked Tom why his nails were painted. Abby stuck up for him! She said, "Well, he just wants them painted!" And the boy just stared and said, "Well, that's strange." And that was the end of that, except the twins keep telling that story over and over every single day. They think it's sooo funny.

In other news I went on a hunt for my most favorite hair mousse today. it's made by Redkin and called Guts. I love it. My hair is super frizzy, so when I wear it down I have to douse it in this stuff. Well, I'm all out and my favorite place to buy it is Ulta. I went by Ulta today and could barely walk in the door. The perfume in this place really really gets to me. I started hacking up a lung and had to walk out, especially after I noticed the line at the register was practically out the door! Musta been one heck of a sale going on! There was no way I could stay in that store for more than a couple minutes so I gave up and left. I stopped by a salon near my house on the way home and I could see the Guts on a shelf right through the window but the salon was closed! Talk about a tease!!! Even though it clearly says on their door they are open from 11AM-6PM on Saturdays. Foiled again! Somebody really doesn't want me to have these Guts!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Stripy From Head To Toe

Abby's been wanting to pick out her clothes more and more often. Unfortunately for me, she's REALLY into stripes right now. That's great except she wants to be "stripy from head to toe." I don't know about you, but I don't have too many stripy coordinating pants and shirts in my closet, and neither does Abby. So she ends up looking a little Pippi Longstocking-ish.

The twins have been REALLY into Scooby Doo lately. Each morning they get to pick one TV show to watch, and if they're really good, they can talk me into a second show as well. For the last two weeks it's been Scooby Doo every single day! So they've picked up some new key phrases. Their favorite is "zoinks!" and they have added the word "sore" to their vocabulary. I overheard Abby say this to Tom yesterday, "awe come on, don't be sore at me now."

Monday, April 06, 2009

My Good Side

The twins were unusually unruly today at lunch. First they didn't want to go to lunch at all. I told them we were going downtown to meet Jenny for some orange rice and Tom just says, "Well, that doesn't sound like very much fun. We have to go to a playground!" I explained to him that this restaurant didn't have a playground and if he was really good he could have Pez Candy for dessert.

So off to lunch we went, arriving 10 minutes late of course because I completely mis-judged how long it would take me to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on my way out the door. So we get to the restaurant and I'm all excited because it's supposed to be authentic mexican food, which is my current obsession. First the waitress didn't quite understand that we needed 4 chairs for 4 people, as she tried to seat us at a table for two. I guess Jenny and I could have each held a 4 year old on our lap?

We ended up at a booth in the corner of the restaurant which was probably for the best since Tom's volume control is currently broken. He was so loud! And the mess! Just like his mama, he has this thing about salt. So he salted an entire bowl of tortilla chips, one by one, as he ate them. As you can imagine, the salt got everywhere.

As I was leaving the restaurant and Jenny left I was tapped on the shoulder by an old high school friend. It took me a half a second to realize who he was. Well Tom and Abby seized this opportunity to walk down the street. So embarrassingly, in my best trailer park voice, I yelled, "Hey! You guys! Come back here!" Of course this was right in front of the patio diners of the restaurant too. This high school friend that I hadn't seen in 15 years didn't seem to mind, although I'm sure I know what he was thinking, why can't this chick control her children? So he went on to say he's got two little guys of his own. Half my brain is trying to stay in the conversation, but the other half is watching Tom and Abby on a busy city street, hoping they don't run out into traffic as they are halfway down the block already.

I tell you. Sometimes, I just have my whole act together! What a day.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Spring Break Day 7 of 16!

I took the twins to East Portal Park this morning in Sacramento. Even though it was a 25 minute drive it was kinda the half way meeting point for Karen and I. I got to meet 8 week old baby Miles, who slept the whole time and re-meet 2.5 year old Jack, who I haven't seen in over 2 years! Jack and the twins had fun climbing around on the equipment, despite the wind.

I tell ya, we are SO SPOILED here in California. If it weren't for setting up this playdate weeks ago, I never would have ventured outside in this weather. Sure it was clear and sunny, but the wind! Whoo Whee! I can't really complain, it was a nice 60 degrees in the sun, but still, it was so windy! Of course the kids didn't care. We had a great picnic lunch and even stayed at the park an hour after Jack had to leave.

Here is Abby, Jack and Karen (holding baby Miles). Abby dressed herself today. She wanted to wear her new Easter dress, that I had just washed and I told her the park was dirty and cold and she couldn't wear it. The tears didn't last long, when she found last year's Easter dress hanging in her closet. We added a long sleeve shirt, some pants and a jacket, but hey, whatever floats her boat!




This is a blurry picture of Tom jumping off the play structure. He told me that this was his super hero move.



On the way home in the car I overheard Tom and Abby talking about our world.

TOM: Abby, this is a special world. Do you know why?

ABBY: No.

TOM: Because it's the only world with people on it. Mom, the world is round, isn't it?

ME: Yes.

TOM: Well I guess some people have to live upside down because they live on the other side of the world near the hot lava.

Maybe I should invest in some more geography books.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

March 2009 Telford Twins Update

Tom and Abby are 4.5 years old today! Unfortunately, we spent a lot of time this month sick with the flu. Everyone is back to feeling happy and healthy as we embark on a 2 week spring break from preschool.

The twins get along great as always, but I think they are starting to understand sarcasm and teasing. We were driving around this week when all of the sudden, at the top of his lungs, Tom starts singing, "I LOVE TALKING TO ABBY!" over and over again. Then every once in awhile you hear Abby announce, "Tom, I'm shutting my window. Stop talking to me, I can't hear you." as she pretends to roll up a window between them in the back of the car. And she was serious! Keep in mind they are about a half arms length away from one another. This banter went on for a good 20 minutes.

Abby is finally becoming more independent and not quite so much Tom's pushover. Since they were infants, if Tom wanted a toy she was holding, Tom got the toy without conflict. As they grew older, Tom would ask Abby to do things and she always complied. Recently, Abby has decided that if she doesn't want to play the game Tom wants to play it's ok and she'll tell him no. I'm so proud of her! However, this has resulted in crying fits from Tom, even in public, but he eventually gets over it.

Thank you to all our friends and family that have supported our fundraising efforts to cure Cystic Fibrosis over the years. We are doing things a little different this year, so please stop by our website to see this new and exciting fundraising effort . We need your help to support this really great cause!

Pictures of the twins from March 2009 can be found here.