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Jennifer E. Thomas
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Waterfalls
It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005





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Jennifer E. Thomas [userpic]
Kinfolk

When Sam and I moved to the DFW area, we were a little bit in a daze over the fact that for the first time in either of our lives, we wouldn't be living within driving distance of extended family. In San Antonio we were near his parents and brother. In California I was near Uncle Jack, Amy, Koji and Debbie. In Boston, well, ya know, my sister, my grandmother, my aunt, my cousin Joe, etc.

This time, we were on our own, so to speak. And then just after we moved from the mobile home into this house, about three years ago now, Sam's father called to tell us that Sam's cousin Chris and his family were living just down the road in Denton. ! and ! again! Nearby family!

Chris's wife Melissa and I hit it off immediately. Melissa is a sweet woman, a little flaky like me at times, and the family are strong Christians. Melissa has one daughter through her first marriage, Lauren, and she and Chris made two lovely little girls, Madeline and Emma Lee together. The girls are, respectively, 13, 5 and 3.

Lauren is, let me see if I can get this straight. She is my step cousin in law. :D

Lauren has a little boyfriend here in Ponder who she met at our church, the best friend of my friend Tori's son. Lately Lauren has taken to calling me at horrible times of the morning (6 AM anybody) on a Sunday to ask if Sam would come get her to take her to church. I know that this is so she can see her boyfriend, and it's been starting to grate on me.

Last night Lauren stayed over. She was out with the bf and his folks in the early evening, then back here to crash for church in the morning. I took the opportunity to talk to her about it.

What it boiled down to was I love having her around, I MISS having a teenage girl around the joint, but I don't want her to just use us as a launching pad for her social life. That if she's coming over, she needs to spend some time visiting with the family as well as with the boyfriend.

Thank heavens, she understood. Because she's a pretty cool kid and I enjoy her company.

In other news, I threw up last night and feel shaky today.

Originally posted on http://j3nny3lf.dreamwidth.org - but you can comment either here or there. I prefer HERE!

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Borderline symptom of the day: sicksick
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I'm glad you and Lauren were able to talk about it and work things out. I miss the teenagers, too.

I really hope you feel better tomorrow.

i know i am several days behind on this...

but, please tell me that you didn't try and send *all* your phenegrin, and have some for yourself? because i am going to feel like a total heel if you don't have ANY when you need it because you tried to send it to me and it disappeared...

please PLEASE feel better! also, i have found that Dramamine (not that i am spelling it correctly - its the sea-sickness drug) works almost as well as phenegrin, and is actually pretty cheap - like, 20 doses for around 5 bucks.
i am sure you know about Ginger Ale, but did you know root beer works too? i have a problems with Sprite/7-up, in that i associate the taste with being ill, so they make me throw up, and Ginger Ale has started doing that, but root beer does *NOT* trigger it. erm... not A&W, for some reason - Mug, Barqs or (if you can get it in Texas, i don't know, i've never seen it outside of CA) Dad's. Dad's root beer is the best, in all ways. Sasparilla will also help, but it's damned hard to find.
also, RED liqorice (NOT "cherry' or "strawberry" or anything weird like Twizzlers = actual RED LIQORICE)
also, people say mint, but what they *should* say is cinnamon - the best i have found are those little "red hots" that you decorate with, ya know? a spice container full of little red dotty thingys. erm, cinnamon-the-spice isn't what works, it's the cinnamon-as-candy that does.
in theory, sucking a piece of ginger will work, but i've never tried that specific one (because i am not actually a fan of ginger) but a couple of small pieces of aniseed will work (which IS weird, because unlike RED liqorice, BLACK liqorice makes nausea WORSE, but for some reason a very small amount aniseed, sucked on *do not swollow if you can help it*, really helps)
rubbing the back of your neck, right at the bottom of your skull, just above where your hairline ends, where it's sort of soft. really, really gently - if you push at all, you'll give yourself a migrain and probably make the nausea worse. just gently rub over it.
milk is weird - some people milk helps, some people milk hurts. if you have issues with milk, a lot of the time its the taste that triggers vomiting (when you are trying to get rid of nausea, i mean) and chocolate milk does it for me.
i am sure you know all about tea, and how its supposed to help nausea and doesn't, not really. you have to have specific kinds of tea - so if you want to try the tea route, i A) highly recommend a non-caffinated tea and B) specifically recommend something-and-cinnamon (apples and cinammon is my favorite). straight cinnamom tea doesn't work anywhere near as well as something-and-cinnamon tea, for some reason.

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erm... hot drinks, in generally, will help so long as there isn't something in the drink that can make a person nausious - so no coffee (way too much caffeine) no alcohol (and doesn't that suck! sigh) and no sour tastes (sour really is the worst there. you really want spicy. not salty, NOT sour, sweet can be ok, but you WANT spicy if you can. sweet spicy is actually the best). so certain herbal teas, or chamomille tea (at least half milk, if you are wanting to use a plain, non-herbal tea, would make it ok. but it's going to *need* that milk) and, strangely again, hot chocolate. it actually kind of frightens me, how well hot chocolate can get rid of nausea.

i can't think of anything else... no, i lie - a heating pad on your stomach may help, or on your lower back (it just does, i don't know why, but not always), and a hot washcloth on your forhead might help, and siting in a hot, steamy room for about 5 minutes, then going into a *COLD* room can help (but be REALLY careful with that - hot steamy can make nausea WORSE; the trick is to leave the very picosecond it seems to be getting worse and getting into the freezer immediately) something about the extreme change tricks your body into stopping the nausea.

NOW i think i am out of tricks. i hope something here will help, in the future...

if you have some time tomorrow evening, wanna give me a call? erm; do you call people on Sunday? or are you too busy with church? if you don't do the calling on sunday, can you let me know when a good time to call you on monday is, or call me around 5 (4, in Texas), because at 5 i should be all the way conscious but Pete won't be home yet so i'll have time to chat :) tomorrow (Sunday) Pete will be gone until at least 10pm, which is why i am saying anytime in the evening is fine - and, honestly, you can pretty much always call me between about 3pm (your time) and 1am (your time), and that "don't call after 1am" is only because Pete goes to bed around 2 (which is 1 for you lol), and i don't want to wake him up. he's cute when he's grumpy, but he's also *GRUMPY* when he's grump.

*hugs*

If I could only find your phone number I'd call!

I'll be home after about 1 PM Eastern time. You can call any time. :)