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24 March 2010 @ 10:11 am
Let me catch you up: Part One  
They're building a road that will connect my neighborhood to a major thoroughfare in our little burgh.

I'm okay with this. I am. But the *%$$#*s building said road start at 'o dark-thirty in the morning, and have littered our front yard with these suckers. They look like giant concrete toilet paper rolls.

Okay, not our front yard. The empty lots across the street from our front yard, which AJ calls our front yard. He was indignant when they first started keeping them there.

Until he found out that they were awesome to play on.

I did draw the line at rolling them down the hill, and even though I maintain that my boys could screw up an anvil, these things are concrete, and they didn't put a fence around them, so all the neighborhood kids have been crawling all over them for three weeks. Yesterday, the work crews started moving them over to the road under construction.

Guess who's indignant that they're taking away his awesome place to play? That's right, my newly turned eight year-old, Aaron.

Here's how it went this morning:

Carrie (While driving the kids to school in the SNOW - seriously! But that's another rant for a different day) Hey! Look! They're moving the giant concrete toilet paper rolls.

Aaron. (Disgusted huff) Can they do that?

Carrie. I suppose they can. They are.

Aaron. Who do we call to get them to leave a few?

He is his father's son, y'all.

In other news, the neck thing that's been happening with me - the one that caused Aiden's demise, has turned into a real problem. I've been to the chiropractor, and will continue to go until things get straightened out, (*cue rim shot sound effect*) but it's interfering with my sleep! I, like my husband and sons, am a champion, all-American sleeper. I could win gold medals if there was a competition in the event. Caffeine doesn't affect me, I can sleep through noise, go to sleep anytime, anywhere.

At least, that's what I thought. Until the chiropractor told me I can't sleep on my stomach.

Wha huh?

Turns out, I can't go to sleep on my back. I got, in total, about 3 1/2 hours of sleep last night, which, I gotta say, AIN'T ENOUGH. So.

I'm going to try Tylenol PM. A sleep aid. A freaking sleep aid! I NEVER thought I'd need one. But the amount of sleep I've had in the last week isn't enough for anyone to live on, and I'm hanging by a thread. So look out, Mr. Sandman. You and I have a DATE tonight.

Brace yourself. I'm gonna rock your world.

Anyhoo, I'll leave you on a positive note.

Mom gave them to me the last time she visited, saying that they were too dangly for her.

All the more dangle for me! Woo hoo!
I feel:: soresore
I hear:: Dixie Swim Club Soundtrack
O Demanding One: Spring/Summer: Summer Journeyheyurs on March 24th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)

*hugs gently* Miss you! ♥

*grins over AJ* He's adorable. x)

Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on March 26th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Urs.
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on March 24th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
*giggles at Aaron*

re: sleeping. I, too, am a champion sleeper (on my stomach) and I also had horrendus neck and back issues through college. I actually never went to the chiropractor (though I know how to crack my lower back myself & can get Matt to do my upper back). If you've not tried yet, maybe massage therapy might help, or traditional physical therapy with ultrasound and electric shock treatments. That's what I did to manage the pain. I still have neck (& back, but mostly neck as that's the bit I almost broke & then continued to injur) problems and I'm a stomach sleeper. I've found that side/stomach-sleeping with a pillow that's smooshy enough to be shoved under your neck for support and then depress enough under your head to keep you level, is pretty comfy for pain & sleeping purposes.

Also, pretteh earrings :D
Carrie Leigh: bad examplecarrie_leigh on March 26th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
I've been doing the chiropractor and they do the electric shock treatments after. It's really working, praise God, I nearly feel normal.

Thank ya! I like 'em.
Aylaabitofayla on March 24th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon *gentle hugs*

I'm surprised they didn't put up a fence. If a child got hurt, a parent could easily sue. What a world we've come to.
Carrie Leigh: Beautiful Womencarrie_leigh on March 26th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
I do feel better, thanks.

And I suppose it will all be gone soon enough. I don't get stressed out about those kinds of things. :D
Sister Roserose_in_texas on March 24th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Aw, that pesky Texas attractive nuisance law!

Carrie Leigh: Extremely stubborn and suspicioucarrie_leigh on March 26th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to get litigious, if only for my eight year-old's sake. ;)
Katie; Mourning Broken Angel: Nine Emoticon Faceobfuscus on March 24th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
The boys' attachment to the cement thingies is crazy adorable. I was expecting swingsets when I clicked on the cut. :)

Sorry to hear about the neck- I've been seeing a chiropractor for about a year now, and the tension headaches I've always had have reduced dramatically, so hopefully your doc can do good things for you, too. They have these weird wave-looking pillows that are awesome for sleeping on your side, and I always just stuff a pillow between my knees, too. It works out pretty well (for me, anyways). And the danglies are tres pretty.
Carrie Leigh: cake or death?carrie_leigh on March 26th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'm really thinking about going and getting one of those wave memory foam type pillows. WHATEVER it costs will be worth it.

And I do the pillow between my knees thing, too. It's just hard to retrain yourself after sleeping one way for thirty-something years!
raspberry_rave on March 24th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
I know those! I've never actually played on one, but I've always wanted to :D Your boys are win X)

I hope your neck gets better soon >.< You can't sleep on your side either? *crosses fingers for you to get some sleep*

Nice earrings ^^
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on March 26th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
They're having a ball.

I'm better. Not normal, but better! Thanks!
deedsk_tx on March 24th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Saw those earrings in person....loved them that day....should have commented on them. They are too dangly for me too, but they look FABULOUS on you!

Sorry about the sleep thing....can you sleep on your sides? I'm such a side sleeper-(no tummy- boobs too big, I guess)so I was never bothered with sleep while I was pregnant. Don't knock the sleep aids....they can be a wonderful friend, when you just need to go to sleep and not have your brain running non-stop.

Good Luck...may the force be with you...and my condolences to Aaron on the loss of the concrete toilet rolls! They did look mighty cool for a boy to play on, in and around!

Carrie Leigh: bad examplecarrie_leigh on March 26th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Sleep aids.

Advil PM is my new best friend. Seriously.
Jessica K Malfoy: disney: lotte crazyjessicakmalfoy on March 24th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
hahahaha! i love that they're playing on them. and that they want to roll them down the hill. wow. so fun, and yet as a parent, i think so dangerous (as in, my kids can't do it, but i sure want to!).

and it snowed here this morning too. and when i was driving home from work. i had the window down because the sun was bright & warm, but it was snowing. huh???
Carrie Leigh: Cowardly lioncarrie_leigh on March 26th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm ready for SPRINGGGGGGGGGG, aren't you?
maureen: wonder twinsmaureen on March 25th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
I can't sleep if I'm not on my stomach. I know, you are shocked. When I jacked up my knee a few years back, I was MISERABLE.

I can also drink a pot of coffee and go right to bed. We could be on the olympic sleeping team.

Excedrin PM is the way to go. Tylenol is no good.
Carrie Leigh: Wondertwin power activatecarrie_leigh on March 26th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
My jaw is on the floor, like normal. Form of: A drooling snore. :D

If they ever do open up that field in the Olympics, we're there. We'll pummel them to the ground with how well we sleep.

They were actually sold out of Tylenol at my drugstore. SOLD OUT. The mind reels. So I got Advil PM instead. It's very good stuff. I take half the recommended dose and sleep like a ROCK.