Labs and Legos

To.bey as Spidey in the 1st movie

What part of me thought that having my cholesterol levels checked a week after Thanksgiving was a good idea?! Oh, that’s right … I wasn’t thinking, that’s why!

Yes, this morning I get to go to El Doc’s office to have my blood drawn. And it’s supposed to see how I did after three months of being on a cholesterol-lowering drug. And if I did well with my low fat diet.

Uhm … methinks that I may have failed this test again. What can I say?! It’s been a stressful three months? Well, at least November turned out to be a good stressful month.

Okay quit making excuses, Em. I should just fess up and say that I totally suck at taking care of myself. Others? Sure, I can take care of them. After all, I’m a frickin’ Registered Nut — oh, I mean Nurse. But like many of my other health care professionals, I have this tendency to worry about others’ well-being rather than myself. After all, isn’t that the reason why I got into my G*d-awful state of depression in the first place? Thinking that my feelings of self-worth and health as it related to my infertility was nothing compared to others’ issues?

But once again, I digress. Perhaps this next year, with all the changes in store, will be a better year. And I can start focusing on myself again.

Which, by the way … I have officially cleared my background check (Yay! I’m not a criminal!) and can now officially announce to my current employer that I’m leaving as of the end of this month.

Doesn't he look like a young To.bey?
Doesn't he look like a young To.bey?

Anyhoo … really, what I was going to post about was my Hubby’s 8-year old cousin. Who, as he grows older, reminds me more and more of a school-aged To.bey Ma.guire in (the first one, that is).

We saw this particular cousin on Thanksgiving, along with his older brother (who is 12 and is such a good kid ). He was one of those kids that decided to snuggle up next to me while watching a movie that night. And afterwards as we played, I would listen to him tell me about stories at school. How his favorite subjects were science and math.

Holy crap, I thought, at that age my favorite subject was art and recess!! This kid, who has always loved to talk about hurricanes and tornadoes and other “natural disasters,” is going to be one heck of a smarty pants. Seriously. As if he’s not one precocious smarty pants now. At eight.

So that prompted me to ask him what he wanted to be when he grew up. “Uhm,” he said, as he cocked his chin up at an angle and propped his index finger on his cheek. “I wanna be a scientist.” Which I could totally see him being a meteorologist one day. Or a researcher in some university lab.

And then he added, “Or a Le.go designer.”

“A Le.go designer?,” I asked, kinda chuckling under my breath. “Why is that?!”

“Well,” he answered. “I’m really good at designing things with Le.gos and I have some reaally cool ideas!”

L = E+G+O
L = E+G+O

So there you have it. My Hubby’s cousin is a future Le.go designer. Or engineer. Or architect. Either way … he’s gonna be something special.

As if that wasn’t funny enough, that weekend while we were in suburbs of Chicago we happened to pass by one of the local shopping centers. And what do we see?! Uh-hmm. A Le.goLand store. So we just had to stop in to check it out. And right as you enter the store, there’s this massive face of none other than Albert Einstein, made completely of Le.gos.

Somehow, I think this could have been one of those ideas that Hubby’s cousin would think of, if he was already working for Le.go.

6 Replies to “Labs and Legos”

  1. Ooh! I hope you share that picture with the little guy! He sounds hilarious…

    I hope you’re able to devote some time to your own self care in 2009. You deserve it.

  2. That just made me have goosebumps all over — what a sweet sweet boy. W does not like school and is hoping that the NHL drafts him out of the seventh grade so he can skip the whole thing!

    I’m with you about self-care — for years I was really taking care of other people — and it was so easy because I’m good at it — and then I looked in the mirror and literally didn’t recognize myself anymore. I have to say that reclaiming just a tiny slice of time for me each day to focus on me — it’s been really good.

    I can’t wait for you to move to the undisclosed city that is closer to me than your current one … I’m totally up for a weekend visit — just warning you!



  3. I forgot just how cute Tobey is, your newphew is a cutie pie also. I leave for SD tomorrow and will totally be thinking of you, girlie.


  4. You have GOT to take care of yourself!!!

    I, too, suffer from high cholesterol, and have (as of yet) refused the pills, much to my doctor’s chagrin. She keeps begging, and I keep pointing out that my cholesterol levels plummet when I exercize, so I’d prefer to try to force myself to do that… but yet, my levels are still just high enough that I probably should get medicated anyway. I just can’t imagine adding yet another pill to my daily regimen that I have to take every day for the rest of my life. It just makes me sad.

    BUT, knowing that there’s someone else close in age to me that is taking this kind of medication makes me feel better about considering it again after my next check up if my levels are still too high. Sigh. I just feel silly taking a pill whose commercials all feature silver foxes… I am NOT the demographic this pill was intended for! I’m TOO YOUNG!!! I just need to get over myself apparently.

    Good luck with your post-Thanksgiving test! I once made the mistake of having my levels checked the morning after I drank nearly two bottles of wine by myself and smoked two packs of cigarettes. My triglyceride levels were ridiculous. She got really worried and hasn’t quite let up since then. I definitely won’t be doing that again (and not just because I don’t smoke anymore!).

    Your cousin-in-law is adorable! My brother was like that, too, with the maths and sciences and legos (but without the sweet, kind, snuggly part- he’s been a major a$$ since birth!), and as of last week, he has finished his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. So yeah. I think it is indicative of future career paths.

    And yeah. Lego sculptures are the coolest!

    Congrats on being able to let the cat fully out of the bag with your job. I am so happy for you and so jealous that you get to move to Chicago! Cool, cool, cool!!!

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