Money Issues = Alienation

I don’t want to work after I have the baby for at least six months.

I don’t have a choice but to work soon after delivery. I am currently the only one making money and as limited as it is, we are surviving off of it. I can’t say we aren’t getting a check for my husband’s issues but it is small and he has his own bills to pay.

I was to go to RI this weekend but my mom blew that plan. I wanted to see everyone before I got too big to travel.  I was going to ask for an advance at work to pay for the trip.

I didn’t have my cell phone on last weekend and to my shock, I have eight text messages from my mom and three voice messages, asking me for money.  She needed $1,000. Of course, I wanted to react and help but I simply don’t have it. I haven’t even been able to buy anything for the baby, much less save money for when I go on leave.  I can’t help her.

This also means I can’t go to RI anymore because my mom will question why I have enough money to go to RI but not pay her. I have become alienated from my own family.

My former roommate is in a bind. She has to move out of her apartment and doesn’t want to pay me back the deposit.  I need the money.  She said she doesn’t have it.  I know she doesn’t.  I want my money.

My maternity leave at work just sucks. Who is ready to go back to work after have a baby in two days?  They don’t even want to pay for a cushion so I am not in constant pain from sitting all day. I hate it and resentful because chances are, I will have to go back to work month after delivery.

It’s not fair.

I am feeling stressed and pulled to thin right now.

I hate it!

HATE IT!!!!!

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Baked Eggs

It’s a great meal for breakfast or brunch.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can change the ingredients depending on your guess and cravings.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup and 2 teaspoons sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup and 2 teaspoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons and 1-1/4 teaspoons butter,cubed
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup and 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5/8 (16 ounce) container small curd cottage
  • cheese
  • 1 cup and 3 tablespoons shredded Cheddar
  • cheese
  • 1 /4 cup and 3 tablespoons shredded Colby cheese
  • 5 ounces pork sausage, cooked and drained
  • 3 table spoon of Grated Romano Cheese
  • Garlic (to season)
  • Black Pepper (to season)
  • Italian Seasoning (to season)

Directions:
1. In a skillet, saute garlic, mushrooms and green pepper in butter until tender.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, flour, baking powder and salt if desired; mix well.

3.  Add mushroom mixture.

4. Stir in remaining ingredients; mix well.

5. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

6. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F; bake 25-35 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Baked Eggs

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Improve Your Mood in 5 Minutes

Improve Your Mood in 5 Minutes

Check out these 18 ways to go from blah to bliss in an instant

By Jennifer Matlack Posted May 18, 2009 from Woman’s Day; June 16, 2009

You’re in a lousy mood and want to feel better fast. What you need is a happiness fix—right now! Try one of these spirit-boosting tips to jump-start joy in 5 minutes or less.

1. Start a blog. Like journaling, it gives you an outlet for your feelings. “But it may be even better for triggering happiness because people can leave you positive comments,” says Caroline Adams Miller, coauthor of Creating Your Best Life. Begin one at Blogger.com.

2. Make up a ridiculous story. If someone is fueling your sour mood, create a goofy character in your head based on that person. “Imagine an outrageous comic calamity befalling him,” says Amy Riley, a life balance consultant for Tiara Coaching in Chicago. You’ll get a good chuckle out of it.

3. Put yourself in the movies. Think of your favorite film scene, one that makes you feel great every time you see it—like Bridget Jones kissing Mark Darcy in the snow. Now picture yourself as the main character. “Embracing that moment triggers optimism,” says John Ryder, PhD, author of Positive Directions.

4. Soak up the sun. Go outside or stand beside a bright window and bask in the warming rays for a few minutes. Sunlight ups the level of vitamin D in your body, which in turn keeps serotonin (a feel-good hormone) high, explains Mehmet Oz, MD, coauthor of You: Being Beautiful.

5. Touch your toes. “It opens up your hip joints, which is where most people store tension,” says Dr. Oz. Hold the position for a minute, then slowly roll up. As you lift, so will your mood.

6. Take it all in. “Little things in life that inspire joy are often subtle and don’t always grab your attention,” says Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, author of Positivity. So be on the lookout for small wonders: butterflies in your garden, an amazingly bright full moon.

7. Turn on the tunes. Listen to your favorite upbeat song and you’ll be happier in seconds. “Music has a powerful influence over state of mind,” says Alice Domar, PhD, director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health in Waltham, Massachusetts. That’s because music—especially songs that make you boogie—activates the part of our brain that’s hardwired for pleasure.

8. Show off your moves. Speaking of boogying, that’s another quick way to break into a smile. Got two left feet? It doesn’t matter. “Any form of movement will release endorphins and elevate your mood,” explains Dr. Domar. So while you’re listening to that favorite song, get up and dance.

9. Put photos on the fridge. We look at our refrigerator about 27 times a day, so make the most of it. “Research shows that the happiest people have many joyful family photos displayed in their homes,” says Adams Miller.

10. Get plant-happy. Deadhead the spent flowers on your gardenia or buy a bunch of tulips at the market. Studies show that being around foliage or colorful blooms relieves stress, soothes sadness and increases calmness.

11. Create a new code. Change one of your passwords (e-mail, voice mail, ATM) to a word that primes you to think in an optimistic way—the name of your much-loved pet, the funny nickname you call your husband, or even the word love.

12. Break out of the box. Do one small thing that’s new and unexpected. Put a temporary tattoo on your ankle. Top off your morning coffee with some whipped cream. “Novelty makes people feel good,” says Adams Miller.

13. Mark your calendar. Make a note of an upcoming event that you’re looking forward to—a weekend getaway with your best friend, an outdoor concert with your husband. The sheer anticipation you feel every time you see it penciled in is almost as good as the special event itself.

14. Be generous. A recent study found that when people spent as little as $5 on others, they reported greater feelings of joy. Shopping at the grocery store? Pick up a few staples for your neighbor. Just bought a cup of coffee? Give the barista an extra $5 to pay for the customer behind you.

15. Turn the negative positive. List five to 10 things that went wrong today, then read them out loud, says Riley. It may sound counterintuitive but it works: When you hear all of it together—you dropped your morning bagel on the floor, noticed a new gray hair, discovered that your teen used the last of the shampoo—you’ll see how minor it all is. And a little perspective goes a long way.

16. Send out good vibes. “Text three friends and tell each of them one thing you like about her,” says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, author of The How of Happiness. Your kind words will make them (and you) feel terrific.

17. Lend a hand. Call a local nursing home, shelter, church or charitable organization and ask how you can help. Those few minutes on the phone are all it takes to kick your spirits into high gear. Knowing that you’ll soon be helping others—and then following through—makes you feel good about yourself, says Susan Ouellette, a health care educator in Baltimore, Maryland.

18. Think of the good stuff. Spend a couple of minutes reflecting on your accomplishments over the past five, 10, 15 years, recommends Dan Baker, PhD, author of What Happy Women Know. Maybe you’re a more skilled cook now than you were then, or perhaps you have developed a lifelong hobby into a successful part-time business. Recognizing and acknowledging your growth will provide an immediate sense of gratification. You’ll be cheered instantly.

Fears During Pregnancy

I am past my half way mark in my pregnancy.

I don’t feel like I am doing what I should be, if I compare myself to other expecting mothers.  I don’t have a crib, a pediatrician, and I haven’t even thought about what theme to make the nursery.  Should I be concerned?  I wanted to wait until my seven month before I start making decisions.

I should really stop comparing myself to other people before the baby is born. I don’t want her to be a product of jealousy and competition. I want her to be love.  Although, has anyone ever been successful?

Our society is built on one-upping each other and stealing someone else’s ideas and making it their own. Of course with the catch word “innovation” it really isn’t stealing.

I am concerned.  It’s just one of the many things that runs though my head.  There is so much negative exposure in the world.  It’s impossible to keep her from it.  If I try, it will eat her from the inside. At this point, communication seems to be the path to take.  So many worries……

On a single day I have over a few dozen thought of fears pop –up. I wrote them down, her e is some:

  • Will pregnancy ruin my body?
  • Can I manage a career and motherhood?
  • Will I able to provide what the baby needs?
  • Will having a baby end my social life?
  • Will I be a bad mother?
  • Will her father be able to handle fatherhood?
  • How is my current friendship with childless couples or single friends going to change?
  • What if the baby has birth defects? What if I caused it?
  • What if I lost the baby?
  • What if I have very bad post-partum depression?
  • Will I ever be able to sleep?
  • What if I reject the baby?
  • What if the baby rejects me?
  • What if I pooped on the delivery table?
  • How much was the delivery really going to be painful?
  • Can I handle labor?
  • Will the labor traumatize the baby?
  • Will I have a C-section?
  • What if I die from giving birth?

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What Does A Pregnant Woman Eat? – 20 weeks

Breakfast: Toasted Trader Joe’s Sheppard’s Bread with Butter, Fried Organic Eggs, Orange Juice, NectarineSnack: Entenmann's  powdered doughnut & MilkLunch: Eden’s Tri-Color Organic Vegetable Pasta, Organic Spanish onion, Organic Portabella mushroom, Range-Free Hamburger & Newman’s Own Five Cheese Pasta Sauce & grated Whole Foods Parmigiano – Reggiano CheeseSnack: Jello’s Strawberry Cheesecake Cup w/ Extra Cream Cabot Whipped CreamDinner: Granny Smith Apple, Hawaiian Punch Drink, Banquet Chicken Nugget Meal (I know really healthy)Snack: Heated Caramel Pecan Brownie, Hershey’s Chocolate Sauce, Turkey Hill’s Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream & Cabot’s Extra Creamy Whipped CreamSnack: Toasted Trader Joe’s Sheppard’s Bread & Butter

Breakfast: Toasted Trader Joe’s Sheppard’s Bread with Butter, Fried Organic Eggs, Orange Juice, Nectarine

Snack: Entenmann’s  powdered doughnut & Milk

Lunch: Eden’s Tri-Color Organic Vegetable Pasta, Organic Spanish onion, Organic Portabella mushroom, Range-Free Hamburger & Newman’s Own Five Cheese Pasta Sauce & grated Whole Foods Parmigiano – Reggiano Cheese

Snack: Jello’s Strawberry Cheesecake Cup w/ Extra Cream Cabot Whipped Cream

Dinner: Granny Smith Apple, Hawaiian Punch Drink, Banquet Chicken Nugget Meal (I know really healthy)

Snack: Heated Caramel Pecan Brownie, Hershey’s Chocolate Sauce, Turkey Hill’s Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream & Cabot’s Extra Creamy Whipped Cream

Snack: Toasted Trader Joe’s Sheppard’s Bread & Butter

Music

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