Saturday, March 19, 2016

Quarterly check in

The girls are good.  Three-a is going to middle school in the fall, twoK is in middle school right now (and struggling with math... not because she doesn't understand it, but because she doesn't like it). oNe is going to high school in the fall.  

When you get to high school, the focus is on getting in to college.  There are many people in our area who have a specific college in mind for their kid (or several very high ranking specific ones). I don't understand that.  Of course,  I want my kids to have a good life. But I think the college they choose should be up to them and they shouldn't feel pressured to go to a certain school.  (Of course, if they've heard their whole lives that they have to go to a certain school, or a certain kind of school to have a certain kind of life, they will "want" to go to those schools.) 

We know what goals oNe has and I have shared several schools with her that we know she can get in and that would be a good fit for her.  I'm sure she'll end up with some on the list and some different ones by the time the deadline gets here, but we're not going to stress about it.  We will keep talking and let her be in the driver's seat.  (I know there are some kids who need more guidance, but I would encourage them to figure out what they want instead of figuring out what I want for them, but that's just me.)

Recently, NYTimes Well Family blog had a post about college and it's very enlightening.  One tip that I learned is that we'll submit early (do it over the summer!). Other things from the article: We will make sure that for each kid, we'll know what they want from a school. We'll make sure we are doing some more community service... We are lacking in that department.  It's a good reminder for us.  We won't take every advanced course.  (oNe could have taken the SUPER-DUPER advanced math course in her freshman year, but she opted not to take it.  It is fine.  I know parents who wouldn't have allowed that transgression to occur.)

I love the spreadsheet tip and the "get a job" in the summer tip so that you can learn from diverse situations.  Each summer, I look for opportunities for the girls to be mother's helpers (as the girls are still young).  This summer, oNe will take the baby sitting course and get certified.  She already kind of has a job (taking care of animals); I wish twoK could take the course at age 12, but she can't until she is 13.  oNe going to college and twoK going to college will be two very different experiences.  Three-a will make it three different experiences. Oh, wow!  If you'd have told me 10 years ago that I'd be thinking about colleges now, I would have said, yea, whatevs.  Even 2 years ago, I wouldn't have believed you. It goes so fast!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

A good reminder

Happy New Year!

I'm still here.

Only 3-ish months this time.

I'm thinking resolutions, but I don't like to call them that.  Goals, that's a better word.

More strength training classes:
I ALWAYS get in one a week.  I usually get in two a week, and I sometimes get in 3 a week.  I'd like to more consistently do 3 a week.  If I can't get in 3 a week, I should do more core work at home (at the very least).

More flexibility work:
I'd like to do yoga, but I haven't found a class that works for my schedule and body.  I have some stretches I love so maybe I just need to work on my own and do the poses I think work well for me.

More fun:
I need to make a goal to not work between 5 pm and 10 pm (except if I'm teaching and that's only one night a week).  To hang with the girls... to play with them.

This Christmas, they got a jumprope, the kind that takes two people twirling... I like to jumprope, and it's fun to hang with them.  Try to do this with them once a week, if possible.  (Or stretch with twoK... she loves to stretch.)  (oNe and I take 2 dance classes together so we do get some quality fun time.)

With MWH, we need to try to do date nights / afternoons more often (and actually go out just the two of us).

Maybe I should try to blog at least monthly here?  I'm trying to blog a lot on the family picture blog.  I'm thinking about doing a good photo of the week... Maybe I should do photo of the month?

Food-wise, I'm always just working to find EASY, tasty, healthy, FAST recipes.   I have a food blog were I keep all the recipes we use.  We eat pretty darn well.  3 of us are vegans and 2 of us are vegetarians.  We try to eat as many (green) plants as possible!

Just FYI, January is going to be a crazy month with work--if I can't do it all in January, it's okay.  February is my birthday month so it's like a new year and I can start then!  (Wish me luck on all that we have to do in January.)


In other news, oNe is going to be 14 soon!!! OMG.  So far, she's the sweetest teen you've ever met.  She doesn't want to be a rotten teen.  She looks at friends who have become "teenagers" and she really hopes it doesn't happen to her.

Saturday, September 19, 2015


A text chat with a friend... She's pregnant and lots of questions.  I tried my best to remember.

            was oNe the pregnancy where you liked caffeine?
            I didn't like it or dislike it; I tried not to drink it
            ‘cause I’d had a miscarriage
            but then around week 15 or 16 I had some and MWH said, NEVER give it up again.


            He said I was so unlike myself.
            I couldn’t drink it at the end though ‘cause it gave me really bad heartburn with N
            I googled “can you die of heartburn.”
            you can’t….
            you just might want to

            It feels like you can

            You mentioned that during one of your pregnancies if it wasn't caffeinated you weren't interested.

            With twoK, she didn’t like caffeine
            at all.
            but I did drink a little tea… Chai teas.
            from Starbucks.
            she loved SOY.  She LOVED miso soup
            (Chai with soy)
            I really like lemony iced teas 
            (she loved soy steamers with vanilla)
            Haha! I bet!
            Three-a loved everything except citrus
            I still don’t like citrus
            I like lemons and limes now
            but I hate oranges/tangerines/etc.
            Did you like them before Three-a?
             yes. But now the thought of citrus can still send me over the edge. She likes citrus.
            Haha. That's so wild!
            I nearly lost it after eating a tangerine with her
            we called her Tangerine Pie in utero
            or SUUUUUURPRISE (that's what we called her a lot)

I start posts sometimes

And don't finish them.

(HA... I wrote this in March.)

Start of the school year

I just found this (written in August).

At the moment, girls are good. I am worried that 8th grade is going to be difficult for oNe emotionally 'cause she doesn't have friends in her classes. I'm hopeful that she has grown since 6th and it won't be as bad.

We will be agonizing over this most of the year, I fear.

twoK got into a very advanced level in ballet at a studio far from our house. She really wants to do it. She's starting middle school and has all of the emotional stuff going on there, and is working very hard in her dance. I love dance, but sometimes it can make you feel less than confident. She struggles with that. I hope this opportunity help her grow.

Three-a, she's super confident, has three really wonderful friends, they are all in the same fifth-grade class, and is very enthusiastic about almost everything. I guess that's not true, but everything she pursues, she pursues with A smile all the time, it seems. When she is sad or upset it is shocking.

(The good news is so far, 8th hasn't been that bad.)

(2 posts in one day... who'd have thought!?)

Another Aura and another post

Wow...  More 9 months this time...

I had an aura this morning.  It's been A LONG time.  The last time I wrote about one here was 2013... I think I had one since then and didn't blog it, but I can't remember for sure.  I think I was slightly dehydrated the last couple of days...

oNe's had one and now twoK's had 2.  For sure, after one of the aura's twoK had a headache afterwards.

Okay... to take ibuprofen or not, that is the question.

The bummer about the migraine is that it takes a couple days to get my head "all back" after one.  It just feels thick and confused.

Big sigh.

What else is new?  8th grade for oNe... She is doing well.  Still loving horses, trumpet, and tap.  She blogs now and her last post was about horses.  I hope I didn't give too much away about our identity.

twoK is in 6th grade.  That's middle school.  She's transitioning well.  She's also dancing a lot now with the professional school in our area.  Who knows what will happen.  I don't want her to be a professional dancer, but I want to give her the opportunity to dance as much as she can and become as good as she can. I'm super proud of her for wanting to dance. She's an introvert (I think) and it's hard for her, but she's working on it because she loves to dance.

Three-a...5th grade.  She's got 3 best friends in her class.  She's playing softball, taking a programming class, dancing, and trumpet. She's such an extrovert.

What else?  MWH and I are getting ready for our 17th anniversary! Really?  Am I doing the math right?  I just checked... Crazy! We met 19 years ago, so next year will be 20 years of hanging out together.  I am a very lucky girl.

I think I'll end here now.  I'll try to come back again soon... Yea, right. Believe it when you see it.

Oh, happy blogovesary to me.  It was last month.  It was my 10th anniversary here.  Oops... I should have done more.  Alas.  I

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Almost 6 months, again

I'm still here... Kind of. I think of this blog often. I have lots of things I want to write. I'd like to write about best and worst practices in parenting (not all mine). I'm trying to figure out how to do that. I am still teaching, but I'll be taking a break next semester and after I catch up with work (maybe by March???), I'll be able to think about writing here.

We're getting ready to enter a new era around here: adolescence. Little oNe will turn 13 soon. She was almost four when I started this blog.* I can't decide if I'll blog about adolescence or not. I'll probably blog about some things in general, but not in specific. I think I will learn a lot from my girls in the next few years; I have continually been learning from them, but I think the pace of my learning will accelerate as they get a little older.

Reminiscing...I have a friend who has 3 kids who are about the same spacing in age as our 3 are. Her oldest just turned 4 and her youngest is about 6 months.  It's crazy for her. I hadn't seen her in a while, and I commented on a FB post she made about how I remember those days and that it will get easier. She thanked me and said how hard it was when the all cry.  I remember.  This post was one of my lowest times. Maybe you can't really read and see how bad it was, but this blog does document for me so many memories.  I always wrote this blog for the family. I was lucky to meet a few kindred spirits along the way. Though I don't talk to them as often, I still count them as friends and am happy for the connection to them through blogging.

*Hey, I missed my blogoversy. Oops!  I guess I missed it in 2013, too.  It looks like I got it 2012.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hey look! Here I am!

Wow... 6 months. I remember when I used to blog multiple times a day on this blog. Alas, times change. I've been super busy with work and teaching so I'm barely blogging anywhere right now. So why am I here?  An aura occurred. Yesterday. Morning. It wasn't very long. Zig-zaggy C on the left side. I've been feeling like I might get one for a couple of weeks. I've been taking my Co-Q10, but also forgetting. I think, after lots of stress, I might need to up the Co-Q10.

What else? We survived our first year of Middle School with oNe. She's 12 now. After the first trimester, I wrote and never published, how oNe was doing super well in school, but how she wasn't enjoying it. That's putting it mildly. She despises middle school. I hope it's better in 7th grade, but we'll see. She is doing well, academically, I just hope she can enjoy school a little.

twoK is a completely different kid than last year. She is 10. She made a new bff, and in the process came out of her shell and made several new friends at school. She's much more confident. She likes the new house! She did her first sleep over last night. I'm kind of shocked at how much she's changed in the last year. She's still my snuggly girl, but she's growing up. Oh, yea, and she looks like she's entering adolescence. She's going to beat oNe most likely. I'm not ready....

Three-a is my 8-year-old softball player. She's still my happy-go-lucky (too fun loving sometimes) girl. She's doing well in school, but is very much the kid everyone likes and not the studious kid. She's loving Star Wars (we're finally showing it to the girls) (serious Sci-fi geeks take the introduction of the classics to their children very serious).

MWH is still most wonderful. We'll see if I come back sooner than 6 months. I hate shutting this blog down, but slowly....

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Recntly, I called MWH at work. They had reset the phones at a central location and his ringer was set to maximum. When he answered, he told me the loud ring had scared the bejesus out of him. I was worried that it was bad to not have a bejesus, but he seems to be doing okay.

In fact, the next day, he went on a field trip with Three-a.  Oh, wow, it's been so long since I've written here that I've almost forgotten my code names for the girls. 

What's happening? Lots of stuff. I try to document it in (bad) photos on our other blog and manage to do that most days. I manage to blog on my food blog a few times a months, but I don't seem to write here at all. I can't believe that this blog is coming to an end, but the girls really aren't so little any more.

I could write about 2013, but that would take a while and it's already documented on the other blog. I'm happy to say, I don't have very many complaints about the year. 

(Okay, I could blog about the pain of the remodel, and some of the troubles at the new house, but it would just be #firstworld problems and I'd probably sound very whiny. Poor MWH got enough of me complaining in person, so I think I'll skip it. On the whole, I like the new house. I'll like it even more when EVERYTHING is done. Maybe this year.)

There's lots of things I could write about. oNe started middle school. We've had some adjustment issues. She's doing great academically, but she's stressed about the work. We live in a community where everyone is an overachiever, so it's easy for kids to get stressed. I may end up wanting to write about that so I'll keep this space for now.

twoK still has her moments, but she's definitely in a  better place than she was around her birthday/through the time we moved. I'm so thankful! 

Three-a is really funny. She's always been my happy kid, but now she's getting sarcastic and witty. 

Our 3 kitties are super fun and each have the personality of the girl who is their girl. It's pretty funny. 

I do like those 3 little, or not so little, girls!  

What else...the goals for next year will probably appear on the other blog. Maybe someday I'll write the tale of how we survived lice the first time (2 years ago) and the second time (this year). Or not. I did learn some handy tricks and feel I maybe should share them. Not today. We'll see if this post is see you later, or goodbye. Or, see you on the other blog and in FB. Some of you I met from this blog are now people who are my friends!

Monday, September 16, 2013

two years...

It's been two years since my Mom died.

Apparently it's also the birthday of of my good friend's (who died) husband. He's my friend in Facebook, and while I don't want to unfriend him, I don't often go see his FB page. He's happily remarried and it's so weird to see pictures of his (and my friend's) little girl. She looks so much like her mama.

So anyway, remembering my Mom and looking at those pictures pushed me over the edge. I thought I'd do okay today, but the double-whammy really got me. (I wonder if this happened last year. If it did, I didn't blog about it.) I don't remember what I did last year, but I do remember it sucked.

I remember when I was little, my Mom telling me when it was the anniversary of the day her mother died. I remember being sad that my Mom was sad, but I didn't know how to react 'cause I didn't ever meet her Mom; she died 15 years before I was born.

Yea, that was random.

Death is hard on the people who are left. The people who haven't yet come along, and the people who died, not so much. At least that's my take on it.

Okay... I'm ending this not-so-cheery post. Here's hoping my dance class will cheer me up tonight.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I've been wanting to blog here for a long time, but I just haven't had the time.

We moved! At the end of July! Like planned! However, the house wasn't done. Still isn't. I'm hoping for most stuff to be done by mid-October and then feel finished by January....  (A girl can dream, right?)

Stuff we LOVE about the new house:
We can bike to the park more easily
The girls can bike up and down the driveway without me being outside
We have lots of fruit in the backyard!
New neighbors who seem fabulous!

Funny stuff:
We put in hampers from all the bedrooms that lead to a common closet. The hampers are now portals to different rooms for the kitties--they love it! The girls also love crawling through them. I did it once, but didn't think it was all that great.

Stuff that is driving me crazy:
I can't find anything. For a couple of weeks it was my scotch tape, stapler and headset. Now it's my camera charger.... BOOO!
I am pretty sure my brain is packed as well.
We won't even get started on what's not done in the house, or what's done, but was done poorly so has to be re-done.
(Poor MWH he has to deal with me.)

Summer is over and the girls are back in school. oNe is in middle school now--WHOA! We go meet the teachers tonight and I'm very excited. twoK didn't get the teacher she wanted and for a few days it was very rough. This was right after we moved so she was still reeling from the move. (More about that later--maybe.) Three-a is, as usual, my little sunny girl. She just turned 8 and is in 3rd grade. I have high hopes for this year. Second grade was rough because of a situation with the teacher (can't remember if I shared about that or not, but maybe I will if I suddenly get more time).  (The situation with the teacher was mostly because of the new principal and another new teacher at the school. It wasn't pretty and the teacher ended up leaving the school. She'd been at the school for a long time, so it felt very sad and NOT GOOD.)  (Ugh.)

Work... I'm kind of not into work right now. I'm hoping to get my work mojo back. I'm blaming it on the time of year--the start of school is ALWAYS hard. I am so lucky to have a great job, great colleagues, and I need to just buckle down and get back to it. I've been "mostly off" for most of the summer (July-Aug) so it's getting back into the groove that's always hard.

Why don't I blog here any more?... It's not that I don't have stuff I want to write about, but I am spending more time at the food blog and the "other blog." I'm still not quite ready to shut this blog down.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cleaning house

I can't remember if I wrote about how our cleaners stole some money. It felt like I had just gotten used to them and how they cleaned, and how to work with them, and then it all had to end. M WH didn't want new cleaners, well because money was stolen. I was very sad. He thought we could do it and that we could get the girls involved. And that it would be good for all of us. I work a lot. I didn't really want to spend a few spare hours I had cleaning; however, we decided to try it.

It's been about four months now. At first, I hated it. Now, I do a deep clean on the kitchen about once a week. MWH and the girls do the vacuuming of the whole house. And every couple weeks we tackle cleaning the whole house in the deep clean way. I must say, I don't hate it as much as I thought I would.

Today, we all cleaned for 2 1/2 to 3 hours and the whole house is in pretty decent shape. I think the thing I am most happy with today is that the girls stuck with the cleaning. The girls are learning some useful cleaning skills and they are spending quality time with their parents. They are learning to work hard and not be entitled. When the cleaners first let go, the girls were very sad and really wanted new cleaners.

Now, while they don't like cleaning, they are getting decent about it. If they do everything I ask, they received $20 for their work. They are earning money and get the pride of a job well done. They still complain, but so do I, but we are all learning and working hard. It feels good. Though I wish I still had the cleaners, I am happy that I received the gift of spending more time with my kids and teaching them things they will use the rest of their lives. Thank you MWH for being wise and encouraging us to do this.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013


We are finally moving!  I wrote about our new house here.  We were supposed to move last year, but we have THE WORLD'S SLOWEST contractor. We had one unforeseen problem in the house, but he has been so slow. At the beginning of June, this year, I went to, um, motivate him--I wanted to yell at him, but I was nice. However, he tried to blame the slowness on us. Whatever.  It was him. COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY HIM. Anyway, moving on (pun intended!), we're moving!

I just signed movers up for July 28th. The movers estimated we have 10,000 pounds of stuff.  It's less 'cause we're not moving an old couch, or an entertainment center. We are moving a treadmill and an exercise bike. I'm so thankful they will be moving those things and not me! Our new house is slightly bigger than our current house and because we won't move that couch, chair and entertainment center, we will have a very empty new house, but that's good! We'll get new stuff and fill it back up because that's the American way. I hope we don't get too much stuff, but we'll see.

Right now, I'm tossing articles from many years ago from work. I just tossed articles from research my dear, late friend and I had done together. It was hard to toss them, but there is very little possibility that I will work in that area again. It's too painful without my friend.

I just spoke to MWH and he agreed that I didn't need those old articles. We'll toss lots of stuff and with them, some of our memories of what happened. I know my Mom held on to some of the things she kept so that she would remember events. I hope I've done an okay job documenting here and on the other blog and now the food blog, too.

Oh, fun thing! I was interviewed by a reporter today because of my healthy eating blog. He knows it's not a hugely popular blog (I have like 20 viewers, most of whom are family, and I think I know all of them). He was interested in how social media helps me eat healthy and in what way it influences me. I like journalists and reporters.  They are right up there with librarians and teachers as some of my favorite types of people.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Working out hazards

When you work out often, you have to take a lot of showers. This means, that you end up showering places other than your own home. This also means that you sometimes end up in a shower without a towel. Just so you know, you can dry off with paper towels. In addition, paper towels make really good wash cloths.

Another hazard of shower often showers is that you have to carry around clean underwear. If you put the clean underwear in your work bag, make sure it doesn't get tangled up with your cord for your computer. That's all I'm saying.

Sunday, May 26, 2013


While waiting for my teeth cleaning, I flipped through a magazine for Moms. I don't usually have the opportunity to look at these magazines, but today I did; I skimmed an article about sensitive children. I have a sensitive child. I think the article helped me understand her a little better.

The article discussed how mothers often try to change their sensitive children; they try to toughen them up (um, guilty). It also discussed how you can't really make someone unsensitive. The article suggested that rather than trying to change your sensitive child, you accept they are different and try to support what they need. It suggested thinking of some children like dandelions who will thrive wherever and in any environment, but some children, the sensitive ones, are more like orchids. Orchids take a very special environment since they are delicate flowers; however, they offer a lot to the world when they are encouraged to thrive.

This is a very helpful perspective, indeed. I'm trying to work with my sensitive one, but she's a challenge. Not only is she sensitive, she is stubborn. It's only been a couple of days, but whatever I do is wrong, it seems. I've been telling her I want to help her, but I need her to help me help her. I'll let you know if I figure out any strategies that work.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Two things

Wow, I didn't post anything here in April. I was busy with my class ending and the girls having a week off of school. I have a small break as a project new project ramps up. I have one little project I should work on, but right now, I'm going to blog. I need to enjoy this time because soon I will be very busy.

So the two things I was going to talk to you about was 1, friends (two issues), and 2, the new house. Humor me as I vent...(this is a blog after all).

I have two friends who are bugging me. One of the friends is only slightly annoying, and the other is really annoying. The first friend is nice enough, but everything is about her and her world. I'm fine to listen and discuss her issues 95% of the time, but 5% of the time I have things I would like to discuss, too. (Unrelated, I used to have this friend, and when ever I would talk to her, it would always turn back to me because she would direct the questions at me. I always tried to get her to talk about herself, but she wanted to talk about me--that was a little odd, too.) With this friend, who is always needing my input, I have to literally say, hey wait, can't we talk about X? I'm experiencing this and need your thoughts. When I ask, she'll usually oblige, but not always. Any suggestions?

The second friend issue involves a woman who I really like, but I really dislike her parenting. Her kids are the biggest brats. They are rude. They talk back, they do bad things, sometimes even dangerous things, and she never corrects them, ever.

I'm still seething over my last experience with them. (They were guests at the pool where we are members. They (her kids), for some reason, didn't want my kids to be at OUR club. They said, "Why are they here?" in a loud voice in front of my kids. The Mom didn't say anything.) I like the Mom when she's not around her kids, but I have decided I can't be her friend nor can I hang out with her and her children. When my children hang out with her children they are more poorly behaved. Have you ever experienced this?

The second big topic, the new house. We were going to move last summer, but there were issues with the house. They are still not quite resolved, but almost. The house is going to be fabulous when we move. I'm not complaining, but I do wish we were done with the remodel. I'm getting antsy to move. Remodels take a lot of extra thinking and time and money. Moving is a pain and life will be crazy. That's it on the second topic, but more will come as twoK doesn't want to move and we'll have to work through that.

An now a bonus subject, the 3 little girls...The girls are good and I should do and update on them and what they are like now, but I have "the other blog" and I record what we're doing over there. Here's a brief update for here. twok is almost 9. We just celebrated her birthday on Saturday. We'll do something on the day of her birthday, but I'm not sure what. Three-a is loving softball. oNe is quite the little dancer and I'm having a blast dancing with her too. Next year, I'll start taking a ballet class with twoK. I started an adult ballet class after not having danced ballet for about 15 years. I was SORE. It's fun. I am also planning to start horseback riding lessons, too. The girls of been taking horse all year and they've learned a lot; now it's my turn. I have fantasies of someday leasing or owning a horse. MWH is okay with the leasing idea (maybe), but not the owning. He's probably right--owning is a bit extreme.

I think that's all for now. I guess at this rate I'll see you in a couple of months.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

My kitty boy

It's been 8 years since my beloved kitty past on--more than 8, actually.

I thought about him on 2/15/2013, the anniversary of his death, but I didn't post about him. I do still miss my boy. One of our new kitties reminds me of him, more so than the other kitties, bu he's not my beloved kitty.  

Anyway, a friend has a kitty with CRF (chronic renal failure) and I am so sad for her.  I just re-read the journal I kept while beloved kitty was sick.  It made me cry, and hence this post.  Not saying much, but feeling better writing about him.  I won't ever forget that boy.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Weird aura

One reason that I have kept this blog, is it to record all of the weird illnesses and auras that the girls and I have had. Now, I need to document that twoK and I both had a cold with a fever recently (2/18). It was a weird cold that started off nice and slowly, and you didn't think it was that bad, and then for a day there is a fever.  Now oNe has it (she's almost better.)

Earlier this week, I was driving, and I had this weird sensation. I got really dizzy when the sun hit my eyes and I was turning a corner. I continued to be dizzy for a couple of minutes, but I was on a fairly winding road, so I figured I was carsick. I thought it was a little odd as I've never been dizzy when I was carsick.  When I reached my destination I was still very dizzy; I had to stop and sit and breathe for about five minutes before I was okay. It really wasn't the carsick feeling. I was just VERY DIZZY. I thought that the dizziness might have been related to my illness the previous week because my ears were very stuffy. But then about half an hour later I started getting a slight headache. I came to the conclusion that this was a weird aura.

I look back over the last month and I realize I've been under quite a bit of stress lately. A family member, I've blogged about this person before, has been visiting on and off for about a month. This person stresses me out. Needless to say I think that my stress level allowed me to get that cold I was telling you about, and caused me this migraine aura. I should also mention, but not go into any detail, that this person's visit caused me some digestive strife. Ah, stress, good times.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

At some point...

At some point, I'll probably have to close this blog down... I'm pretty pathetic, but I'm still posting occasionally--at this rate, I'll end up with 6 posts this year. Let's see, little girl highlights that don't make it on the other blog:

Right after we went back to school, we got one very sick child (twoK).  She had a high fever, a sore throat, and a BAD COUGH.  She told me who had coughed on her and I found out he'd been sick over break and gone back to school on the first day, but then he went home later the first day and was sick some more.  When I spoke to him, he confirmed he had had a really high fever.  I don't have a thermometer any more, but twoK felt REALLY hot....

I gave her lots of Elderberry (in case it was the flu), ibuprofen (for the high fever), and chocolate (for her cough).

It all seemed to help. Someday, I'm going to have to do a post on Elderberry, and how it's good for reducing the severity and duration of the flu, but not today.  On another note, it turns out that chocolate is a really effective cough suppressant.

I conducted an experiment when twoK was sick. (I didn't mean to, but it just happened.) She'd coughed for an hour and 1/2 and in desperation, MWH searched the web to see what we could give her.  (I was just about to send him out to a 24 hour drugstore at 11 pm---he was trying not to go.)  He read about chocolate. I gave her about an ounce of dark chocolate (70%) and after about 1/2 hour she stopped coughing and was fine for 5 hours.  After 5 hours, she coughed again. I stumbled downstairs (It was about 4:30 / 5 am) and told her to eat more chocolate.  She slept for another 5 hours.  Go chocolate!

Here's a couple of links for you if you want to know more. 

Here are some posts from FB over the last couple of months that I don't want to forget.

The younger two girls are running around the house holding their breath and narrating about the fish and wonderful underwater creatures they are seeing... They are scuba diving.  Later they are going camping on an island.  #loveimagination

(And yea, this is FB, so I don't post about the times when they aren't so cute.)

Proud of N for helping her little sister K figure out her Math problems! Helping someone else understand is the best way to make sure you understand. #learning

I'm currently trying to help the girls learn that the *most effective* way to make a request (for me to purchase something, have a play date, or put an event I need to remember on the calendar) is to email me.

If they email me, I can get the request while on the computer thus upping the chances that I'll be able to (order the item, email the friend's mom, or put the event in my calendar). Slowly, it's working and N is learning. T and K still need more reminders.

Dear Girls,
Please email.
Love, Mom


N learned to do the Macarena, today. #heh

T (age 7) is working on her book report and contemplating if traveling back in time and giving the draft to a past self would get it done faster. Heh.

A friend from my high school days came to visit.  The girls had a good time.  It was kind of a random thing.  I'm glad she came.

Okay, that's it for now.  That takes us back through the beginning of the year.  The kitties are pretty well documented on the other blog.  The food situation is pretty much documented on the "other other" blog.  If you want to see either of those, let me know.  You can email virtual _ jk at (the big web company that starts with a Y) . com  .  If you're not a bot, and you have interest, you can figure it out.