Wordless Wednesday: Happy Halloween!

Post Surgery, Day 1

So, yesterday was my second sinus surgery in two years. My doctor told the husband that it went well. Apparently, one of the sinuses on my right side was one of the most disgusting things he’d ever seen. Good to know, huh?

The surgery last about two hours, and I was in recovery for around an hour before they would let Joe know where I was and allow him to come back and see me. In addition to cleaning out everything like they did last year, he put stents in my nostrils because he had to shave down a bone spur. Yeah. It’s about as fun as it sounds.

Unlike last year, I bled from my nose afterward, so I had something attached to my ears to hold gauze in place. Apparently, I freaked out because when I would blink, the band and gauze would move.

Recovery has been, well, painful. I guess the packing is making me feel like I have an infection, and my nose and head have been hurting pretty badly. I’ve been keeping hydrocodone in my system and napping a good bit, even though it can be hard to sleep having to breathe through my mouth. It’s a good thing Lucy is going to the sitter’s this week. Also, I would kill to blow my nose. Seriously.

I go in on Thursday to get the packing and stents out, I believe. That’s sooner than last year, which I’m happy about. Then, we begin a more aggressive post-op regimine that hopefully will mean I don’t have to go through this again. Fingers crossed.

Oh, and because I freak out about anesthesia (I’m always afraid I won’t wake up), they gave me Versed in my IV before surgery to help calm my nerves. It probably isn’t the best thing to text when that kind of drug in your system. See for yourself:


Lucy’s Christmas Gifts

I am linking up with Growing Up Geeky today.

We are just about done with getting Lucy’s Christmas gifts (and birthday gifts for that matter since her birthday is in a few weeks). I don’t think she really understands what a Christmas list at this point, but I can definitely tell you that she will be PSYCHED when she opens all her presents.

Her big gift is going to be a new table and chair set since the one we got her last year wasn’t that great and the cats have already torn through the plastic table top. We decided on the Mammut table and chairs from Ikea. We just need to find a weekend now when we can get down there. This also is the only gift she’s getting for either Christmas or her birthday that we are paying full price for. Hooray for Swagbucks, Pampers points, etc!

We got this grocery cart for her with our Pampers points, and I know she will be THRILLED with this. Every time we go to Target, Kmart or Wal-Mart, she picks out the shopping cart and tells us she NEEDS it. I cannot wait to see her face when she opens this.

I found the Baby Alive Changing Time Baby on clearance at kohls.com for $9, not bad considering it retails for $34.99! Lucy has been obsessed with baby dolls ever since meeting her new cousin, Baby Asa, so she will love the fact that she can feed and change this doll.

I also found this Disney Tiana Royal Boutique play set on clearance at Target for $6. Lucy was with us at the time and picked it out, so hopefully she will really like it when she opens it!

And, last but not least, I snagged this 15-piece train set from 1 Sale A Day for $5!! I also grabbed two for my parents to give each of my nephews, and apparently the trains were a HUGE hit. I can’t wait to see if that will be true for Lucy as well. I’m sure it will, though, since she loves trains so much.

Lucy is going to have a great Christmas. And, luckily, I don’t have too much longer to wait to see her excitement!

New Neighbors

So, our across the street neighbor moved out. I had kind of mixed feelings about it because he was nice and quiet, but it also meant we wouldn’t have to take his girlfriend to bail him out of jail again and that the sex offender who was living with him would be gone. Hallelujah.

We were told his mom or some relative was moving in. OK. Cool. Yeah, I’m not sure WHAT relative exactly moved in, but whoever it is brought about 4-5 to live in this three-bedroom house.

And, there went our quiet, peaceful street. The kids put their basketball hoop IN FRONT OF our neighbor’s driveway and leave their bikes ON his driveway. (He is fixing up the house to rent it out so he doesn’t live here.) They leave their bikes in front of our driveway. (Cue angry, sick woman.) The young kids play in the street all day (nevermind all the traffic we get from the road because people always come up here to turn around). And, when we try to back out of our driveway, they just stand behind our car because, well, obviously they have the right of way. Yesterday, Joe almost hit on of their bikes. Yeah, he was not happy about that.

It’s only been a few days, and I’m already over the new neighbors. Instead of coming into the neighborhood and looking to make friends, they act like they own the place. I have to wonder why the parents aren’t parenting. I can tell you, I would let Lucy have it if she ever acted like that.

So, now, we wait until a bike or a child gets hit. Maybe then the parents will do something about their children.

Show Us Your Life – Halloween Costumes

I’m linking up with Kelly at Kelly’s Korner.

I love, love, LOVE Lucy’s Halloween costume for this year. Are you ready for it??

Is she not the cutest darn Tootsie Roll you’ve ever seen?? She even won second place in our city’s annual Kiddie Day Parade!

Last year, Lucy was — what else — Tigger! She thought it was SO COOL to dress up like her BFF, and they were super cute trick-or-treating together.

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For her first Halloween, we dressed Lucy up like a monkey. We wanted to get her a Tigger costume that year but couldn’t find one. She was super adorable.

Now, it’s time to start thinking about next year. I want a super creative costume for the parade!


I hosted my first Thirty-One party yesterday, and it was so much FUN! A friend of mine from college ran the party, and with all the games and things, everyone had a blast.

I also made the decision after my party to join Thirty-One as a consultant. The party was so much fun that it just really drew me in, and I love the mission of the company to celebrate, encourage and reward women; and the fact that it is based on Proverbs 13.

I’m booking catalog parties now for the holiday season and the first of the year. November is a GREAT time to host a party because the customer special is a medium utility tote for $5 when you spend $35! If you want to book a party, email me at cady.schulman@gmail.com. Hostesses get lots of free and discounted products. I’m going to get around $400 in products from the party I just hosted! And, even if you don’t want to host a party, you can order anytime at my website, www.mythirtyone.com/cadys.