I nominate the “Inter-Disciplinary Teams” where I work as Trashy Moms/Parents.  Let me ‘splain.

I work at a residential/teaching facility for adults with MR/DD (mental retardation and developmental disabilities).  Three of the seven ladies I help care for have g-tubes, where they get fed by a tube that leads to their stomachs.  They get nothing (but the occasional breath strip) by mouth.  Two of the ladies can walk by themselves and have relatively good function of their limbs and good small-motor skills, which sometimes extend to taking the lid off their tubes or occasionally pulling them out (which necessitates a trip to the hospital).

One of these two ladies will open/pull out her tube simply for the attention it gets her. To lessen the probability of either of these two events occurring, she had been outfitten with a “belly band” and a body suit, to make accessing the tube more difficult.

Well, the professionals on the IDT have decided (as they do not want to hear from the people who work most closely with the residents) that the body suits and bands are an unfair restriction of the ladies’ rights.  They have said that they are no longer to wear body suits during the day (when they do wear the belly bands) and secondly, they are not to wear the belly bands at night (but then they wear the suits)!  These are not the staffers, of course, who have to get the residents up at night, give them 2nd and 3rd showers of the day and change their beds multiple times when most 9-to-5’ers are asleep.

To me, this the same type of sh*t ‘logic’ that says, “We never use outlet covers in plugs around toddlers,” “We leave caustic cleaners out, because our kids will not try and get into them if we’ve told them ‘NO'”, and ‘Screw looking both ways when you cross the street'”!

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Spaghetti Marinara


Macaroni & Cheese


Chicken Fajitas








Chicken & Dumplings

I’m reallly looking forward to getting ideas from MPM meme members, because we usually have the same stuff over and over again.  I also work 2nd shift, so most days I’m not even home for the family supper. 😦  (But this has a silver lining…my husband does most of the cooking, and he has a lot more experience than I do! *lol*)


FOR TODAY, Monday, 1 June, 2009

Outside my windowlittle bits of sunlight coming through the leaves of the lush trees in my backyard, casting shadows on the worn-country-store-turned-storage building next door.

I am thinkingWOOHOO!  I have the day off from work today!

I am thankful for(see what I was thinking)

From the learning rooms...is this like a homeschooling question?  I’ve been thinking about doing more cooking with the kids this summer.  And I thought about doing it at my Mamaw-in-law’s house.  She is 86 and doesn’t do much anymore, but she L-O-V-E-S her great-grandchildren, and I think would love to share stories about her childhood with them.

From the kitchen…  ooooh, let’s not go there.  I want something filling and simple, that my kids won’t turn up their noses at.

I am wearing...black jeans with a belt, cause they’re starting to slip over the hips (yippee!), a nautical themed collared tee-shirt and my hubby’s sandals.

I am creatingactive treatment plans for the mentally-retarded, developmentally disabled adult residents where I work.

I am goingto start using my pill-splitter today.  I’m supposed to take half a Cyclomel (thyroid med) per day, and cutting it with DH’s hunting knife (not that he hunts) “just ain’t cuttin’ it”…so to speak.

I am readingDonna Partow’s “Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be”
I am hopingto move in the next month or so.

I am hearingbirds chirping outside my window.

Around the houseDH snoring in the bedroom, DD huddled under the covers because she’s terrified of this moth that’s flitting around the kitchen, and the boys sprawled out asleep on the couch.

One of my favorite thingsthe relative lack of depression I’ve experienced for the last three days!  What a relief!

A few plans for the rest of the week:

  • Monday-take a walk with DS1,
  • Tuesday-take a walk with DS2,
  • Wednesday-take a walk with DD,
  • Thursday-clean the coffee pot,
  • Friday-pre-pack what I can for our MOVE!,
  • Saturday-take it easy because it’s my 5th day of work in a row (very physically demanding)

Here is picture thought I am sharing(this is the building mentioned above in what’s outside my window, although the shot is from a couple of months back)Picture 028

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Trinity &  Co.

Trinity & Co.

OK.  So a photographer I am not.  This is my daughter with her two favorite little animal toys, Sneakers and Fluffy…in some order.  She’s had lots of practice coming up with  names for things as she also likes Littlest Pet Shop on Nintendo DS and 2 of her great-grandmother’s cats just had kittens and the cat that adopted us just had kittens.

The picture acutally is more balanced, but cropped funny during the upload.

She is my miracle baby.  A week after finding out she was on the way, I nearly miscarried.  She was born at 32 weeks, one week after the doctor had said, “She’s coming early…we just don’t how now early, so why don’t we give you these steroid shots to help develop her lungs.”  After she was born, she was put in “room 3” of the NICU at Harris Hospital Downtown in Fort Worth (WONDERFUL PLACE!); it’s my understanding that there are 4 rooms and the lower the number, the closer to discharge.  When she was 2 or 3 days old, I had some folks give her a blessing and she made such wonderful progress from that point on.  They had told us to expect her to be in the hospital at least until her due date.  She was able to leave at 22 days (just over 3 weeks), even though she did not weigh 4 lbs yet, because (as the staff put it) “she’s healthy and we just need the room!”

Leaving her in the hospital on the day I went home was the single hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.  And even the worst ice storm in recent Ft. Worth history on the day we took her home could not dampen the joy I felt having my whole family together once again.


Well, it’s gotta be “Trinity” for me.  That’s my daughter’s name.  She’s named after a sister of my husband who was either stillborn or died in infancy.  That baby was named after the Trinity River in Texas.  Whatever works, right?  Well, my husband’s parents decided to let him pick his sister’s middle name.  He chose “Sunshine”.  So we decided to let our oldest child, age 6 then, pick his sister’s middle name.  First he wanted “Cherry”…and we tried to explain to him why “Cherry” might not be the best name for a girl, especially in those ‘coming of age’ years.  Secondly, he offered “White”…and that wasn’t quite right either.  He was stuck on his next choice for a L-O-N-G time…”Olive”.  It sounded way old-fashioned.  Finally we were able to agree on “Olivia”.

So, our little girl, who came 2 months early, as our 3rd child had the big, BIG name of  Trinity (for my husband’s sister) Anna (a traditional name in my mother’s paternal line) and Olivia (from her brother).

Thursday Thirteen?

Can anyone tell me WTH has happened to this meme hub?  I enter http://www.thursdaythirteen.com and it comes up to a hosting site for goDaddy.  Go figure?