Saturday, September 27, 2008


I've been hard at work these past several days transforming my blog. Real names have been removed....what a pain in the a-- that was.....and a Live Traffic Feeder has been added. I realize these are not fool proof safety measures....but they make me feel better all the same. I tossed around the idea of removing all photos but decided against that since there are a great number of photos and many posts revolve around those photos.

Thank you to everyone who left such wonderful kind worded comments in the previous post.

I received several emails stating that it would be next to impossible for someone to find me or my family from my blog but that is SO not true. I have been using our real names on this blog and have found several people from my Stat Counter that did a simple google search of my name that brought them directly to my blog. We have a listed number. There are several people search websites out there that lead directly to my address if my name is me....I've done it. It's actually quite scary how easy it would be.

So I'll give this a try. See what happens. The creepy Stat Counter activity has died down. And after lunch with some friends yesterday afternoon....I have reason to believe the creepy stalker guy may actually be my friend's husband....our dear friend "R" =) LMAO! Who wasn't stalking my blog but curiously checking on the comment drama. I'm still not entirely convinced of that though because the city is different. But since I don't know who else it could be I'll believe that for peace of mind. R, you can stalk me any time baby!! LOL.


I sent a twitter TM from my phone 2 days ago that said "(Dreamy) wants to quit gymnastics." That twit TM was suppose to be to my husband....but you know it's SO easy to confuse the 5 digit twitter number from my husbands 7 digit cell phone number. You all may be wondering where my children inherited their absentminded ways...No need....they get it from me.

So Dreamy Smurf had a minor melt down yesterday. And, basically, to make a long story short, he's completely stressed out and overwhelmed with school and his gymnastic's schedule. He's had a ton of homework so far this year and spends 16 hours/week at the gym. He's 9. It's too much. He was extremely distraught over this and crying over the possibility of quitting. So we had a chat with his coach and decided to cut down his hours/days spent at the gym. I don't want him to get burnt out and he's entirely too young to be this stressed out. I hope this works for him. We'll see.

I still have major sinus issues going on. Doc wants me to go for a CT of my sinuses but the $550 would come out of pocket. The way our insurance works....we are covered in full for the 1st $2,000 of coverage....when that's used up we are responsible for the next $2,000....and then we are covered in full again after that. We've already used up the 1st $2,000 of coverage (that has never happened was an exceptionally "sick" year) and so now all doc visits and medical care come out of pocket (up to $2,000). So I'm trying to hold off on having the CT scan done until after the 1st of the year when the coverage kicks back in. We'll see. I'm tired. Tired from not getting a restful night's sleep and feel'n like crud throughout the day.

Running/training is still suffering from the above. Ran my second 20 miler last Saturday and it DID.NOT.GO.WELL! But now we're tapering so I just don't care. I need for this marathon to be over because I'm convinced that all this training is the reason I keep getting sick. I think the training is kicking my immune system's a-s. My body is just spent. My friend and running partner, T, now has tendinitis in her foot. So her training has been going about as well as mine. I've actually contemplated bailing out. But after all this hard work I HAVE to at least go. I'll probably be walking most of it....but oh-well. At the very least it's an excuse to visit Chicago again. I just love that city!

I've suspended all home viewings for the time being. As much as we'd love to move, we're paranoid. America is in a financial crisis and although hubby's job is secure right now....there's just no guarantees what the future holds. So we will wait.

A conversation with my kids last week(in the car):

Smurfette: Mama, do you cry every day after you drop me off at school?

Me: No honey, I'm fine, I just cried a little that first day.

Dreamy Smurf: Oh...I get cried when SHE went to school but when WE went you did the happy dance.

Me: I cried on all 3 of your 1st days of kindergarten. Kindergarten is different.

Hefty Smurf: I know why....when we start Kindergarten it means we're growing up and we're just not cute anymore.

His assessment made me laugh. There is a tiny bit of truth in that! LOL!

Leslie over at Got Kids, Need Valium Gave me this wonderful award some time last week before I decided to take some time off. Thank you Leslie for the much needed bloggy love. You made me smile and I appreciate that. I just love this girl. Seriously. Her kids will make you smile. They're just the cutest darn things. If you haven't been over there you really should. You won't regret it.

I'm running out of time right now and need to go through the blog roll and find out who's gotten this one already before I pass it on. I just don't have the time right now....actually, that's a lie....I just don't feel like doing it right now.....=) I'll pass it on later.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!


Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

Welcome Back T! Nice to see you posting again.

You should ask the friend's husband if it indeed was him, just to ease your mind and know for sure.

I saw that Twitter and kind of laughted to myself "I bet that was supposed to go to Papa Smurf!" LOL

If Dreamy is feeling stressed then you're doing the right thing in cutting back the gym time. Hopefully a little less time will solve the problem and he won't feel so stressed.

Marni's Organized Mess said...

You're awesome. I just thought I could tell you again since I hadn't in a day or two.

But one of the real reasons I wanted to make sure to comment was that the cities on Sitemeter are rarely accurate as I believe it's the city where your INTERNET is held. Mine I know is COMPLETELY wrong as are others...

OHmommy said...

Ok. I will have to catch up to see what happened.

But. Know that all my names are fake. I do not want to be google-able. More so, I do delete pics every month. It IS easy. More so you NEED to get woopra, check it out. It is stats on crack where you can actually IM the stalker. I have done this many times. I might actually blog about it next week.

jodieboedie said...

YAY! So glad you're back :-) I hope your little dude finds a happy medium for the gymnastics schedule . . . my little dude is so overwhelmed with the extra amount of homework this year so far . . . so glad soccer is over for the time being.

Did I mention YAY that you're back online? I like reading your blog . . .and I love the flowers on your banner - I smile every time I see 'em :-)

Leslie said...

Glad to see you back! I'm lol at the convo betweeen you and your kids. They are so smart sometimes huh?? Cute! ;) Hope you stick around.

Domestic Accident said...

Phew. I'm glad you're back.

I come up as a city far, far away on Sitemeter just so you know. It's really weird.

Mama Zen said...

I'm so glad that you decided to do some tweaking, rather than stop blogging! And, you've kind of got me thinking about what I can do over at my place to be a little safer.

Kellan said...

I also will have to go back to find out what happened. Glad you are back and hope all is okay!

Have a good week - Kellan

April said...

Sounds like an awful lot of work, but I'm glad you didn't stop blogging! I hope your sinus trouble is soon a memory, and that Dreamy finds his balance :)

Brooke said...

good to have you back mama smurf! Always enjoy reading your blog!!

Kelly said...

Just get the scan. If it were Anne Taylor Loft you wouldn't think twice about the cash!! LOL Love you Mama Smurf!!!

Mama Smurf said...

Kate - You're right! Hey R - was it you??!! LOL!

Marni - I'm starting to realize that. And not only that but people can ask the traffic feed to ignore thier url. AH!

Ohmommy - I'll have to check into that woopra. I've never heard of it before. Thanks.

Commonmom,Leslie, DA, MZ, April, & Brooke =) Thanks guys!

Kelly - Well leave it to you to point out my weeknesses!! LOL!! You're right of course! But $550...come on now...even I'm not THAT bad!

LittlePaintedPolkaDots said...

So glad you're back! Bloggy land is just not fun without you! I hope Dreamy Smurf finds a happy medium in his busy schedule.

J just had a cat scan at that hefty price and although the cost sucks, the peace of mind is priceless.

Jamie said...

I tossed around using real names on my blog - I use my real first name but that is it.... I don't know how safe it makes me, but like you said it helps peace of mind anyways!!

Kori said...

FYI, the thing that shows the city isn't accurate. It goes by the closest something something to your something connection. I generally have three different towns show up, none of which are the one I actually live in. So it probably was him. I actually didn't read the rest of your post, sorry. Though I am sorry about your sinus probs, so yeah, I read that far. I just got done eating my last piece of chocolate, and you know, it is SUCH a lie that a peice of dark chocalte takes away the craving for sweets. I'm all like, ok, that was good but where in the hell is the cookie that is supposed to go along with this? Just sayin. Oh. Yeah. Glad you're back, mama.

Dana said...

i'm glad you're not leaving blogging... i'd miss you way to much!

Colleen said...

I'm so glad to see you're back! Love 'hefty smurfs' cute comment. Too funny!