Jaime Loves Stuff : June 2011

Let the Panic Begin!


Once again, le sigh.

Panic is ensuing, again. Ever since Emma was injured nearly 7 years ago, our lives have never been the same. I was unable to work for the first year due to all her needs. Then, I tried to go back to work full time but that wasn't reasonable with all the necessary doctors appointments and therapies she still had. Oh and pending surgeries. So, I went back to work part time. That actually went really well. Part time work, plus college. Then, I thought I could finally transition to work full time. I have been at my place of employment for nearly two years and I love my job, love the company and even my coworkers. However, every single summer I have the same panic: will I have stable care for her? Emma is enrolled in a summer program from 1-5 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. My sister takes care of her a couple of the mornings and she goes to college after. I have a caregiver who works on Wednesdays all day (Emma has therapy). Well, Emma was pulled out of the summer program because she needed a break. She hasn't transitioned very well. The summer program is more hectic and faster paced. She's over stimulated. She's an explosive child with her brain damage and that is a perfect storm. She returns on Monday. The clock will start ticking again. I already KNOW she will have meltdowns. It takes the average person 21 days to create a new habit, what about a kid who has the disabilities my daughter has? Pulling her out upset the entire balance and the clock starts all over again. I already know I will get the call next week that she's not transitioning, she's having meltdowns, etc. Hell! I am ready to have a meltdown myself! She hasn't had a chance to transition to the summer schedule, so yes she's melting down and not having a good run of it. So will they ask me to remove her for the rest of the summer? This uncertainty is causing my to panic because I don't know if I will A) have a stable caregiving situation for her and B) have enough caregiving hours available to cover the rest of the summer.

Some days I just want to quit.

I just need to find a way to be self employed until she's an adult. I could be self employed and finish my degree. I could do photography, house keeping, something! But then we both need insurance. Most importantly, Emma has to have insurance. It's too important for her to not have it.

But even if I were to stop working, go to self employment and finish my degree, and I return back to the working world, I will be past 40 and my job history hasn't been very stable for the last 7 years. Will I be able to return to work????

Sigh... just le sigh....

People... these are the long term repercussions of shaking a baby. See. It doesn't end. The damages trickle all over the place and in different areas.

Oh summer time...

how I loathe thee.

Most of the country gets to enjoy summer. Not me. Not Emma. Not in Arizona! It's literally HELL here. Holy cow.

I cringe every single June as the signs and symptoms of summer starts showing. Not ready to have my hands burn to touch the steering wheel or the seatbelt. Poor Emma, she has difficult time controlling her body temperature and her seizure meds make her pale, sensitive skin even more sensitive. Thus we hibernate for the summer. Business slows down. Less traffic. Bad time for yard sales. However... 4-5 months of hell makes it worth it for the 7 months of beauty. Oh yeah, and the realllyyyy expensive electricity bills! Haha!!!!

Summer...how I loathe thee...

They killed his n***a, Ned... Game of Thrones fans...

If you've read the books, raise your hand! *raises both hands!*

We all remember how emotional we were when Lord Eddard Stark was beheaded...

Well, watch this guy. I feel him. His reaction is priceless.

Chili's Good Things Come in 3’s Event/Giveaway!

Mmmmmmm I love Chili's! Do you? I have to admit my favorite things to eat there are the Southwestern Eggrolls. Black beans, corn, chicken all wrapped up into an eggroll with a ranch-type dipping sauce! Yum yum and more yum! Love it. Emma, of course, just wants a cheeseburger. No pickles. Only ketchup. I like casual dining places to go with her, it makes life easier with it being more relaxed and the food is pretty kid friendly. Only downside, they can be awfully loud which can intensify her sensory overload and due to that, we tend to go when it's slowest (i.e. 2-5 pm). Happier times for all! LOL.

So, we were given a chance to try out the Triple Dipper. Have you heard? Well, the Triple Dipper allows you to pick three appetizers (from the triple dipper section of the menu: Which per chilis.com is: Combine your three favorite appetizers! Served with dipping sauces • NEW! Loaded Potato Skins • NEW! Memphis BBQ Skins • NEW! Honey-Chipotle Shrimp • Big Mouth® Bites • Boneless Buffalo Wings • Southwestern Eggrolls • Chicken Crispers® • Wings Over Buffalo® • Fried Cheese • Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip). It's great because I almost ALWAYS want to try them all, then I overeat and then I can't eat my meal. It's also a great way to try something you haven't tried without having to throw away $9 on one item. Also great for picky eaters.

Well, us girls (Emma and I) chose the Southwestern Eggrolls, the Big Mouth® Bites and the Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip. I loved the eggrolls and the spinach artichoke dip. I didn't care for the mini burgers (the big mouth bites) because the bread was heavy and stuck to my throat. Emma like them! She didn't company as she dipped in to everything!

Oh... take a peak, here's the grubbage (taken from my Android)

Pretty tasty, I must admit! With a HUGE thank you to Chilis and 2wired2tired.com for hooking us up! Chili's provided a giftcard to be able to try out the Triple Dipper! Yummy!

Be sure to check out The Shout Out to Eat Out Promo by clicking the image, enter for a chance to win a $20 giftcard OR a $333 grand prize!


How would YOU like a chance to win a $20 Chili's Gift Card?

I knew you would! Thanks to Chili's you CAN!

Mandatory Entry, Enter my Blog name here in this form ( Frugal, Green and Book Nerding Mom of a Shaken Baby Survivor)

Other ways to enter:

1. Tell me your 3 favorite foods you would like to have all on 1 plate.

2. "Like" Chili's on Facebook

3. Follow @Chilis & @Shoutout2eatout on Twitter

4. Create your terrific trio located on Shoutouttoeatout.com and comment with the URL link

5. Opt-In to Chili's email club here (You'll receive a free appetizer certificate too!)

6. Tweet out this

"At @Chilis Good Things Come In 3's! Check out @2Wired2Tired http://bit.ly/linkyrave for 200 chances to win in the #tripledipper linky rave!”

7. Write a post on your blog about your 3 favorite foods you would like to have all on 1 plate and mention the Shoutout2eatout.com promotion. Then comment with the URL link.

Good luck! Contest ends 6/12/11

disclaimer: Chili's provided the giftcard to try the Triple Dipper, the fact does not change my ability to remain unbiased

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