Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Take That, Hot Flashes

It is so unfair that just when my boys are doing their best to challenge my sanity, my own body has snuck up and joined the enemy lines.

OK, Moodiness, Impatience, Farsightedness, Hot Flashes, you want a fight? You picked the wrong girl. I’ll fight. Here’s how it’s gonna go:

Moodiness, you think you got me. You think you can make me cry at nothing. OK, I’ll give you that one. So I cried the first time I saw my boys drive off in my car, and that may not make a lot of sense. In my defense, I cried when they came back and that makes all the sense in the world. But what you don’t know is this, I’ve got teenagers. When you strike and I lock myself in my room to sulk, it’s knida working for me.

And Impatience, it’s true you sneak up on me faster than I might like (and let’s just say I’ve never been known as a person with a lot of patience to start with, so I need what little I had). But what you don’t know is this, I’ve got teenagers. Snapping right back at them, it’s kinda working for me.

And Farsightedness, meet my old friend Myopia. Initially I thought you a fool. You were balancing me out. My eyesight was actually getting better. HA!  But I must admit, you’re a sneaky adversary and now I’m forced to use “readers” when reading things close up. What you don’t know is this, I’ve got teenagers. While at the grocery store, having left the readers at home, not being able to see whatever whim they’ve added to the shopping list, it’s kinda working for me.

And you, Hot Flashes. You are proving to be the worst of all. You’ve caught me off guard many a time. But I have shorts and t-shirts, I have ceiling fans, I was fighting back. You weren’t done yet, though, were you? Waking me up in the middle of the night, hair plastered to my face and feeling like wet wool glued to my skin. Well this is not working for me. On any level. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ve got scissors and I’ve got a bathroom mirror. Goodbye 8 inches of curls. Take that, Hot Flashes!


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Hey, Impatience, quit your laughing.

And as long as I’m establishing who’s boss, I may as well show the boys too. Yes, I’ll make a treat, Carrot Cake. Don’t like carrots, boys? Well I do!
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Carrot Cake

Oooh, Irritability, do you really want to join this fight? Because I’ve got teenagers, you could kinda work for me.


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Carrot Cake
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2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup cinnamon baking chips
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained

Frosting:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 stick butter, softened
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla
dash cinnamon

Directions Cake:
*Grease and flour a 9 X 13 inch pan (I use glass).
*Mix – DO NOT BEAT – flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
*Mix in sugars, oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir in carrots, cinnamon baking chips and pineapple.
*Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes, or until it springs back to the touch. Cool.

Directions Frosting:
*Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth.
*Carefully beat in the confectioner’s sugar 1 cup at a time and the cinnamon. Beat until smooth.
*Frost cake. Store in the refrigerator.

36 comments:

  1. ROFL!!!! AWESOME silver linings!!! And the cake looks soooooo good!! Definitely Pinning!

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    1. I had to dig deep for these particular silver linings, but somehow I managed. And now I'm not the only one suffering!

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  2. Oh my gosh, I have all these symptoms now! I am not looking forward to when it hits full force though! Good luck dealing with it, and good for you for having such a great attitude about it.

    And I looove carrot cake!

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    1. Hope you'll remember a few of my strategies when your time comes. Makes it much less difficult when you can use it to your advantage!

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  3. OMG ~ 8" ... that takes balls! Especially in the bathroom mirror. I almost cried when I got all my hair chopped off last week. I hope that it gave you some relief.
    I am SO not looking forward to these days.
    For now, I just deal with chasing my toddler around to make me hot!

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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
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    1. Yeah, not my best moment, but it's actually much easier to deal with shorter. It's still an inch past my shoulders so it's not like it's short, just shorter.

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  4. Oooohhh say it ain't so! Your hot flashes started??? Those night sweats sure are fun---blankets on, blankets off.....All. Night. Long. Tell the Hubs to get ready to make midnight runs for ice cream. It soothes the savage Hot Flash Beast.

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  5. The night sweats SUCK...nothing like waking up in the middle of the night feeling soggy...yuck!

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    1. I agree, that's the worst. It's better without waking up with my hair glued to my face, though.

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  6. I'm glad that it's working for you. It's always great to see the positive outcomes of the negatives in life. I'm 21 and already moody and impatient, it's going to be funny when it gets worse. The eye doc tried to tell me I needed reading glasses to go with my prescription ones...I told him to kiss my you know what (in my head).

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    1. LOL, I didn't have a choice. Couldn't tell the Doctor to kiss my you know what or I wouldn't be reading or writing blogs. -sad sigh-

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    1. Ha ha ha. Preaching to the choir, am I?

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  8. Before you know it, those teens will be gone. We have an empty nest now and the quiet is deafening at times. But on the "silver linings" side of things, if I want to walk around in my bra and panties I don't have to worry about one of the boys walking in unannounced or if I have a hot flash moment I'm home alone for hours on end, I can strip off. Poor kitties! see way more of mommy than they need! LOL

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    1. I bet the quiet is hard to get used to, but I love the idea of having some privacy. Haven't had that in what feels like forever.

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  9. The part about crying when the boys returned had me laughing! Takes some serious gall to cut your own hair. Liberating though, huh? Vitamin B helps with my pms rage, maybe it could help if you arent already taking it. Great post. Hope it gets better, Karen. Or at the very least you can continue to find good in the bad.

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    1. Vitamin B, gonna have to try it. Couldn't hurt, right?

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  10. You rock. You remind me of that comic of the mouse giving the hungry hawk descending upon it a defiant middle finger - only that hawk actually had a chance to eat the mouse!

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    1. Sometimes it isn't just the results, it's the battle.

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  11. Aw, I love you. Finding the silver lining in such non-fun parts of being a woman. Hot flashes. socks to bed, socks off. Blankets on, blankets off. Finally, at three in the morning you open the window and break off an icicle to wipe on your face. Hmmm? Just me? I
    I must now see a pic of your cute new hair-do.
    Carrot cake makes everything better....:)
    Love you and your menopausal self :)

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    1. Not sure how cute my hair-do is, I took a scissors to my head, LOL. But I'm gonna have to agree, Carrot Cake DOES make everything better! XO

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  12. You're so cute!!! hehehe I seriously think that the older you get the more impatient you get...maybe because of the fact that you've lived your life so long and you like things done a certain way! Beats me oh well! I'm so sorry hot flashes sounds horrible or from what I've heard....I'm not looking forward to it...I've always loved my long hair and so does my husband...but i think when we have kids it'll be gone...they love to grab hair! ps. your beautiful locks!!!! It's gorgeous!!!

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    1. Yeah, kids do like to pull at hair, earrings are another thing that have to go. But hot flashes for sure make long hair a problem. Mine's still past my shoulders, but I have to wear a ponytail to bed. Ah, the joys of aging. . .

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  13. OK, if it makes you feel any better... I buzzed my head yesterday. Just kidding:

    As a Dude, maybe we "male's" can't relate as good as we should, but I will say this...

    You "female's" are tough and I absolutely mean that as a compliment. Enjoyed. Take care, Slu

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    1. Yeah, we're tough, AND we know how to use a situation to our benefit!

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  14. LOL!! You make me long for my boys to grow to the teen stage!! :P That carrot cake looks so awesome!! I love how you did that icing!!

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    1. I know, when they're younger you can only think it. . .

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  15. I love your outlook on life and parenting! We could all learn so much from you my love!!! :)

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    1. Ha, ha, ha. My outlook on life and parenting is to try to resist the urge to pull the covers over my head and stay in bed every day!

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  16. I would laugh at this if it weren't so PAINFULLY TRUE. Hot flashes? My husband said sleeping with me is like sleeping with an eel.

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    1. Throw the covers off, pull the covers on, throw the covers off, pull the covers on. I work all night long, get up in the morning exhausted!

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  17. Lol... Carrots will definitely help the hot flashes!

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