My Blogging Break: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly + #UltimateCoffeeDate

Hello Friends

It’s been awhile…What started out as a one week break turned into two and then 4 weeks and then a month went by.  There were nights that I said I would blog after the kids went to bed but it never happened.  Not because there were other things, but because to be honest I just didn’t have the energy to blog.  My blog had to go on the back burner as I am sure most of you can understand that life just got busy… some good stuff and some not so good stuff.  So let me break it all down for you the best I can.  It seems appropriate that tomorrow marks the monthly Ultimate Coffee Date so grab a cup of coffee or beverage of your choice and let’s catch up.

I was bummed to miss last months date so I’m making it up by sharing all of things that have been going on for the last 6 weeks!


Thanks to Coco @ Got 2 Run 4 MeLynda @ Fitness Mom Wine Country, & Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother for hosting the party!

The Good! 


img_7667These two have been so good!!  In the last 6 weeks B learned how to walk and is now running and Sara learned to ride a bike. HUGE!!!!  Spring hasn’t showed up on a consistent basis but when it does we are happy to enjoy every single second.



I was getting outside to run and train for my upcoming half and loving my 5am runs! … that was until I hurt my back last Saturday morning (more on that in the UGLY section…)


My weekends were filled with long runs and it felt great…. that is was until last weekend!

Sara and I also signed up for her schools 5k ALS charity run.  She’s been training for the 1 mile race.  It will be her 3rd race but the first time she wants to practice her running and train.  Gotta love it!


The Bad

Oh life has been not so kind to me these last 6 weeks but it’s getting better.  I found out just before spring break that my school district was going through a massive budget crisis and that all part time employees were on the chopping block.  Working part time is such a gift and I am so happy that I have been able to do it since Sara was born but when you work in the school system you are always the first to “go.”  For awhile my boss thought that they could get away with reducing me from 70% to 50% but in the end it didn’t happen.    It’s been hard, but thankfully I am still working through the end of the year and have some “what’s next” options on the table.  The tricky and hard part is finding something that works for my family and for me… it’s HARD to be a working parent and to find the balance of being with your kids.  Fingers crossed, I will have this process wrapped up in the next 1-2 weeks!!  Time is precious and I certainly don’t want to be missing major events with my kids…. this is “to be continued” part of my  story.

And then… remember my hearing loss issue?  As it turns out one of my test results got lost and I heard from my doctor at the end of March that I did in fact test positive for Inner Ear Auto Immune Disorder.  Of course I went to Dr. Google first to get some knowledge but that just freaked me out.  I saw a rheumoltologist a couple of weeks ago and she confirmed that my strep absolutely had something to do with my hearing loss.  While I am hearing fine and symptom free right now I have to make sure to really take care of myself and protect my immunity.  In the meantime I now have a team of doctors and some plans in the event I lose my hearing again.

And then there was…

THE UGLY (warning gross pics ahead…)

About 2 weeks ago there was on outbreak of Hand Food and Mouth Disease in B’s room at daycare. OMG he had the WORST case ever!!!  I was home ALL week with my little man who was beyond miserable!

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First of all the name itself is just so gross and really it should be call the ALL OVER BODY disease cause that’s where he had.. ALL OVER his body!  Sara had it when she was 2 but she had some a minor case.  I spent a week at home with B and did a ton of cleaning and lots and lots of laundry!  It doesn’t get much uglier then that!

Thankfully, we are fine with just lots of skin peeling (still grosses me out..)  Oh and can you believe that this little man is now 15 months old!!!


They say stress affects the body in so many ways and I am a firm believer of it. As you can see life has been a bit stressful for me since the end of February when I first lost my hearing.  Last Saturday morning while I was enjoying some nice moments of silence on my couch at 5:30am (yes I know it’s nuts to be up at 5:30 on a Saturday but that’s just how my body works.  Anyways,  I turned my head and felt a horrible pain in my back.  My body broke out in a cold sweat and I literally had to crawl to the bathroom.  By 8am I was on a chiropractors table getting  adjusted.  I could barely walk or move.  I was angry because I was supposed to be out running 11 miles but instead I flat on my back in horrible pain.

The adjustment helped and felt enough relief to walk (very gingerly).  I spent the majority of last weekend icing and resting my back.  On Monday evening I started with a chiropractor who took x-rays.  I went through electrical stimulation on my back and series of other therapies. I learned Tuesday that while I have a pinched nerve which is getting better each day I have signed of arthritis in my neck and have a lower back that is all out of whack.  I’ve seen the chiropractor each day for adjustments and am hopeful that I can re-adjust my posture and keep my spine healthy.

Thankfully, I have been able to resume daily activities and have slowly returned to running but I am learning towards not running a 1/2 marathon next Sunday and focusing on the North Shore 1/2 Marathon next month and of course the Chicago Marathon this fall.

This pillow is my new home buddy.  Each night I lay on it with the goal to open up the neck and spine. I need to work up to 20 minutes a day. It might look painful but it feels good.  I’ve started with 3 minutes

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So that’s life… It was the longest blogging break that I have ever taken in over 3 years and I apologize for that but something had to give!

I’m happy to be back but I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting.  In the meantime, happy to just catch up with all of you today!!


So tell me since it’s been so long, what’s been going on with you?

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30 Responses to My Blogging Break: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly + #UltimateCoffeeDate

  1. Oh wow you do have lots going on! Hope your back is feeling better. I have missed your updates and we are glad you are back with us for coffee
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  2. Wow! That sounds like way too much going on. I am glad your back treatment is working and that the Baby B is feeling better – man – that looks rough! Did they have that when we were kids? I don’t remember that! Just chicken pox. I think skipping the race and going with North Shore sounds like a good plan.

    I am doing the Quarryman 10 tomorrow. I am a sucker for punishment! Otherwise, just busy with the usual stuff.
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  3. Lauren says:

    Hey Laura! I missed you! It’s so hard for us active people to slow down and heal!!! Get that back and neck better soon. And I’m sorry to hear about school–I’m part time too so I understand that! Hope something bigger and better works out that fits you and your family 😊!!! You have so much to offer.

  4. Marianne says:

    Glad you are back! I feel like my own life has been lots of stress for the past year or so, but I was just telling my friend that, as a teacher, I feel so optimistic when summer is around the corner! Take care of yourself! Warm weather is on it’s way!

  5. Mary Long says:

    I am sorry to hear about your back. What is the name of your pillow or where did you buy it? I know a few people that could use one – me included!
    The kids are getting so big! One walking, one bike riding – just in time for the nice weather! Perfection.

  6. Wow is right! the good new is the kids look beautiful and full of fun 🙂 you on the other hand- I hope you are feeling better- slow and easy so you heal properly. Try and have a nice Mother’s day weekend. Cheers to a speedy recovery!

  7. Farrah says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the budget crisis–that is horrible. :[ I it all works out soon! And nooooooo on the hand food and mouth disease! :[[[ I’m glad you guys are fine now! Hope you’re getting lots of rest in!

  8. Hi Laura, coming to you through the coffee link up. Isn’t it great to have coffee with everyone?
    I can so understand about blogging and finding the time. I could not do it if I waiting until night, my brain shuts down after a certain time. Hats off to you with young kids.
    Wow that is pretty scary about your ear problems, but glad you found some answers.

  9. Wow, life has been crazy… and often is with small children. Hang in there.
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  10. Tamieka says:

    Wow! You sure have been through it over the last 6 weeks. I am glad things are getting better. Sending positive thoughts and wishes thay your job situation works out.

    Uuugh…hand , foot and mouth…my son had it ….OMG! The worst!!

  11. Coco says:

    Glad to hear from you again! You have been through a lot but hopefully spring will stay and your luck will turn around too. I hope your next job works out soon – you seem to have a “can-do” attitude about it that should help impress your new would-be employers.

  12. Barrie says:

    Wow…Just wow. It is such hard work, being a mom to little people and all the gross-ness that they are…because they truly are kind of gross! Between HF&Mouth and Lice…ugh! there is a reason they give us a day-holiday! Keep on keepin’ on, my friend! It gets easier and you need to focus on the basics: your health, right? Everyone needs their mom to be healthy! Have a wonderful day tomorrow!
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  13. Steph says:

    I think the blogging break made total sense – you are dealing with loads! I hope your neck/back issue is on the road to healing! Make sure you take the time over it. I have had a problem with my neck that I am sure would have eased if I had just taken a bit more time to recover. Job moving and redundancies are always super stressful, so I hope you find your next step quickly.
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  14. Marcia says:

    So sorry to hear about all the “bad” and “ugly” in your life! My older daughter came down with a case of that horrible disease, contracted at a vet’s office no less. Ugh. I hope your back is on the mend. I’ve had some back issues as well. Scary about the hearing loss. Hang in there my friend!
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  15. Wow, you really have been going through a lot! Never apologize for taking a blogging break – we totally understand and you can always come back to it! I’m so sorry to hear about your hearing loss and back issues, but it sounds like you have a great team to help you stay healthy! I hope everything works out with your new potential job opportunity!
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