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GREAT Article on my cousin Brett Helsham’s Interior Design

My baby (well, she’s not a baby anymore, obviously) cousin, Brett, is a talented interior designer in NYC and was just featured in this article:

http://www.thetypicalfemale.com/redefined/the-potentials-brett-helsham-founder-of-brett-helsham-designs-11-15#.VkoYvnfAZsE.facebook

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started yoga 2 days ago

I have been slowwwwly trying to strengthen my core and back muscles again since my back procedure. I am not a fan of pain pills, even if my doctor like to prescribe them to me like peanuts.

No thank you.

Started yoga 2 days ago- the first day I was only able to do 12 minutes! My body was SO stiff!
Tonight I was able to complete 20 minutes, with a toddler crawling over and UNDER me.

My back (knock wood) feels FANTASTIC even with the little bit I’ve been doing. It’s encouraging me to add a morning session to my practice. I am hoping to be able to eventually be able to do Buti Yoga when I am strong enough.

I have Comcast, so I ordered a monthly subscription to Gaiam TV, which gives you loads of yoga/workout videos to use.

I also have a gym membership that I paid a year in advance (for the entire family). I don’t use it, because I have no one to watch the baby when I go. It’s open 24 hours, but by the time someone is home to watch Maisie, the last thing I want to do is drive across town to go to the gym.

Working out at home appeals to me.

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Some Pictorial Instagram Highlights from Our Month Away From Blog (lots of photos)…

I am seriously lazy right now and supposed to be cleaning the upstairs. I let a lot go to seed when I was recovering from my illness. I dusted and cleaned for about thirty minutes this afternoon- and now I have to try to get the Maisie to go down for her nap.

I’ve gone most vegetarian since my kidney infection- and I’ve upped my water intake. We have cut out red meat almost entirely (the others in my house still eat it).

This was Maisie’s breakfast today- Filipino Adobo Fried Rice, with a fried egg and sriracha

Maisie had photos done with her brothers in early October:

All of my children in one photo #love #kittyleephotography #family

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The look on her face is priceless – with her brothers #missmaisiebabyfashionista #toddlerlife #family #photoshoot #momlife

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She wore lots of cute outfits:

Maisie in the weirwood #weirwood #geek #gameofthrones #garden #cute #cuteness

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We went to visit my late grandparents’ house, it is now a law office:

me, on same staircase, as a baby:

Me at the same age #nostalgia #sweet #family #memories

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We got dressed up for Halloween Trick or Treating:

Something bit me a couple of weeks ago, but I think it's healing up just fine#happyhalloween

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It's healing nicely #happyhalloween

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My little giraffe #happyhalloween

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Rainy day #trickortreat #halloween2015 #happyhalloween #cuteness #cutest_kiddies

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We experienced unseasonably warm “Indian Summer” temps here in Michigan (in November!):

#garden #walk #cute #indiansummer #swmichigan #missmaisiebabyfashionista #toddlerlife

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She went to her first art gallery show with Mommy and Daddy (and brother and Papa):

Taking Maisie to her first art gallery show #momlife #memories

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Maisie at the gallery, listening to the music #toddlerfun #toddlerlife #momlife #memories #firsts

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Not tall enough for the bar #missmaisiebabyfashionista #memories #firsts #momlife #toddlerlife #toddlerfun

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Maisie's daddy

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Sorry I’ve not been posting in weeks… updates- and why I’d prefer Universal Healthcare. Bernie Sanders has my vote.

Had a raging kidney infection that must have gone on for a LONG time… I had to ask my doctor for a urinalysis. They kept insisting it was simply ‘referred pain’ from my back procedure.

To add more to the mix, I had my menstrual period for a month and a half. Had an ovarian cancer blood test- need to take the DNA Colors test for more genetic mutations related to breast and ovarian/uterine cancer. Apparently, they’ve discovered MORE mutations, other than BRCA1 and BRCA2 that can indicate this. It’s $250.00 out of pocket.

Next week I have a uterine biopsy. Fun.

These medical bills are KILLING ME. I pay for my own health insurance for my family, because I am self-employed. Currently I pay over $650 per month… after my back procedure, I was shocked to find out that my insurance covered only $880.00, I still owe $2200. The deductible for this is $13,500. My year to date totals are $12,000! This is INSANE.

I changed my insurance for January- I will be paying $1360 a month for insurance and only have to pay 10% of each charge.

Needless to say, I would much prefer socialized medicine. I had it when I lived overseas and I had it when I lived in Canada. People should not have to go bankrupt because of their health. Universal Healthcare should be a RIGHT, not a privilege.

Low income people with free state medical insurance have it better than my fancy-schmancy crap that I pay for!

Seriously, I am scared to go to the doctor now. The holidays are coming up and I want to be able to afford a nice one for the family and not have all my extra cash go to medical expenses.

The middle class is getting SCREWED.

That being said, I am ‘feeling the Bern’ for Bernie Sanders.