Mrs. Flinger: A work in progress

UPDATE TO Mrs. Flinger October 16, 2015

Because the Universe has a wicked sense of humor, after this delcaration, my blog threw up all over my last upgrade.

So I'm starting over using Craft. Turning 40 and kid entering Jr High next year, sometimes it's just time for a change. These archives will still exist in the way the last child goes off to college and their room is the same for 20 years, but it's just time to move forward.

A letter to the Feds Jun 18, 2005

#Rants and Raves

Dear the Federal Government:

I realize you are busy, you know, saving our ass, collecting taxes and taking over the world and all that but I have a request. Can you please please make the use of cell phones in public illegal? You see, old women have no idea they are not the only people in the universe. It is, without a doubt, a daily occurrence that some middle-age woman will get a call and yell, “HELLO? HELLO? WHAT? I CAN’T HEAR YOU. WHAT? I’M AT [fill in the blank]. OH, YES, WELL MARVEY GOT HIS COCK-N-BALLS LOOKED AT AND THE DOCTOR SAID IT’S A VIRAL FUNGUS. I KNOW. WELL, YOU SEE, THERE’S ALL THIS PUSS AND….”

Although the real trouble with the world is a lack of community and general compassion, there also seems to be a great misunderstanding of public space. If you could find it in your heart to ban cell phones, or perhaps ban loud, obnoxious middle-aged women? Either way, the world would become a better place.

Yours truly,
A woman coming into middle aged much too quickly but who has the social understanding that a cell phone can be spoken into just like a regular phone. Thankyouverymuch.

Part 2 bitchin’ Jun 17, 2005

Oh, eff it. I can’t remember part 2 or 3. I got a chocolate chip cookie and somehow forgot.
I could come up with something.. I’m sure.. but I’m too busy enjoying my cookie.

I wish life was that easy.

For Karma’s sake Jun 17, 2005

#Weght Loss and Body Image

To weigh out my bitchy post, I thought I’d add that today I zipped on my size 10 pre pregnancy jeans. Oh, sure, I can’t sit down or take a deep breath, but they’re on. Never mind my belly spillover, but looky! THEY ARE ON!

Would you do it? Jun 16, 2005

#Weght Loss and Body Image

Could you stay motivated if you might win a million dollars? Yea, I don’t know if I could, either, but I’m gonna try.

Breastfeeding and Blogging Jun 15, 2005

#Rants and Raves

Sarah hit on a topic that I feel very strongly about. It’s so hard when you don’t breastfeed, for any reason by your own choice or not, to have all the judgement pushed onto you when you feed your child in public.

I’ve had checkout girls at Costco tell me I could save money if I bfead. No, shit, really? Is it about saving money? And what does she care? She had the nerve, after I said, “yea, I tried but it didn’t work out for us,” to say, “Well, you have to give it at least two weeks.” AS IF SHE KNEW.

This is a whole contraversial topic that really hits a lot of women in the heart. If you do or don’t bfeed, I don’t really care. But please oh please don’t tell ME what to do. ‘Cause just maybe, maybe, I wanted to breastfeed but I couldn’t and after my uterin infection had me in the hospital for a couple of days and the high fever I had and the 14 hours in the ER, perhaps it just didn’t work out for me with my breast reduction. And you know what? I don’t need YOU to make me feel guilty about it. ‘Cause even if I had chosen not to, that’d be ok, too.

Anyone? Anyone? Jun 14, 2005

Does anyone have any idea how my kitchen floor that was spotless after I mopped it at 10pm last night had mud on it at 7am?

Hint: The baby can’t walk yet.


Note to the Internet Jun 13, 2005

Don’t ever ever ever listen to “In my Daughter’s Eyes” while trying to do work at the bookstore. You’ll cry.

Also.. if you notice me in your referrals coming from “” don’t be worried. This is my own personal webspace that I have set aside for my own goods and links. You know, notes like, “Stop picking your zits” and “Don’t forget to google eye brow shapes” and other such odd things.  Everyone needs to post their to do list online, right? No? Just Moi?

Ok.. back to your regularly schedule blabbering…

No time to blog ‘cause of the big underground zit Jun 13, 2005

What have I spent the past 20 minutes doing? Trying to get my huge underground zit to pop. Why? Because I’m compulsive about it a little bit. And now I have to go to the dentist to get all effed up. Egad.

My Poor Bean (Updated*) Jun 11, 2005

Y’all.. this sucks. SUCKS. We need all positive thoughts our way. We have the flu. Both LB and I, but she’s taking it much worse than I am.

Day #4 of 103 fevers. If this keeps going, I’ll be on a plane to Psychoville. I hate watching her suffer.

*You can see an update of the fever at The Flingers. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers and sympathy fevers (BabyBeaux) but really, no need to suffer on our account! We do appreciate y’all thinking of us.

What do you get when you cross a hypochrondriac with an engineer? Jun 10, 2005

#Life#The Flinger Family

Some very calculated paranoia, lemme tell you.

She’s been doing this head shaking thing. It’s like she’s saying “NO” but it’s out of her control. It started a week ago and has been getting worse. She does this while we’re playing. She’ll try to play with something but her head will shake no and keep her from focusing. Or I’ll be dressing her and her head will start bobbing for no reason while she plays with the tube of butt paste. In all cases, it seems that she’s out of control of her own body.

Like a seizure.

So, what do I do? Start documenting. See.. I’m a hypochondriac, sure, but hubby’s an engineer. That means in order for me to justify freaking out about something, I must have ample evidence. A spreadsheet never hurts, either. Graphs will almost always make my case a good sell and if I can bring in a scale model, well, I can have the man convinced that we have a savant on our hands. It doesn’t help that our Pediatrician is the same way.

For the past week I’ve been mentally taking notes (this is not so convincing, I hear) but tonight I got hard core evidence. I had Mr. Flinger video tape her while I was feeding her as she was going through the episodes quite distinctly. Then while we played he kept the tape rolling. We got her doing it again. I dressed her, fed her a bottle, and read to her all under the calculating eye of Mr. Flinger. I was successful in getting my point across. Now were were both freaking out.

I initially wanted to contribute this to the high fever. I hear children often have convulsions or seizures when they have high fevers. Her 103 temp has been fairly stable the past 36-48 hours. We can control it with Motrin, but inevitably as the Motrin wears off, the heat kicks back up in her tiny, 17.9 pound body.  We’ve had 24 hours of pure hell here. We slept in 30 minute intervals last night. She’s been miserable and we have been, too. Throw in our new paranoia and I may never sleep again.

Except for google. If you believe in the coming of the Lord at the end times, y’all, I think it’s here. Google has been a savior in times like these.

I did a little search on children with mild seizures. As I’m reading I realize this has been going on for a week. That’s before she got sick but after we kept forgetting to give her the reflux medicine. I start to see a pattern in people’s comments and what I read. Reflux and head shaking. Babies who grow out of this palsy behavior. Babies who do this after eating, primarily, or seemingly random times but almost always have some sort of reflux as well.

Y’all, My baby has acid reflux. Do you know what that means? I can sleep tonight knowing I won’t be putting her on the short bus for school in five years. I can not tell you how happy I am for reflux. Who wouldda thought?