Spring Break starts Friday. *throws confetti* Josh has all kinds of tests this week. Matt's gone through Wednesday (I go down on Wednesday to pick up gear at the Camp and help get them back to school), and he gets Thursday off as a "rest day". So he's done with school until Monday the 24th. After spring break, the boys only have seven weeks of school. *throws more confetti* Ben graduates from preshool on May26th.
*hugs flist* I've not been very good at keeping up.
Yes, you read that correctly. I'm actually glad it's Thursday.
This week has been no prize for fun things I've had to do, and I'm honestly glad it is about over.
I'm ready for the weekend in the worst way. I'm being pampered this weekend -- time for my dye job. I have an appt to get my hair colored, and I'm looking forward to sitting and having it done.
This weekend we have to hit the science fair stuff pretty hard -- It's due on the 3rd of April, but everything is due -- Showboard, oral report, written report. Times Two Kids. All the "research" is done, we just need to work on write-ups. And I need to see who can type what. It would be easier if these two were twins. At least the work would be identical. If I'm going to help with double the work, it would be nice to have the same crap for both kids.
I was in a really blah mood yesterday. And I don't know why. I've been doing 2 jobs at work this week -- someone on vacation, and the woman who is suppose to do this job in the first place, refuses (and the boss is non-confrontational), so it's left to those of us that can pick up the slack. The one gal actually does the job almost all the time. But she's out of town this week, so I'm doing what I can to help. Fortunately, it's been a slow week for me, relatively speaking.
I am now done with most of my CAP (College of American Pathologists) work until April. Which is good.
Homework hasn't been horrible this week, which has been good, but both the older two did have major science tests. That I hope they passed. *fingers crossed*
Other than that, it's been dull. *laughs* My life is rarely dull.
I have done a spot of writing -- I wrote 2 ficlets for the community, kaleidoscopefur . They will be posted tomorrow for my favorite werewolf's birthday. *smooches Remus* . They are Remus/Tonks. One is PG, one is R and one follows the other. They are about 1300 words combined. Just little ditties. But hey, it's writing. *smooches* aggiebell90 who gave them a quickie glance so that I don't embarrass myself too horrible by my idiot mistakes. And she says she loves my R/T stories, so extra *smooches* for her for making me feel all warm and fuzzy about my writing. I needed some warm and fuzzy vibes.
I'm not sure why, but R/T is coming easier to me than H/G. So, R/T are getting a lot of action in my corner right now. Of course, they're thrilled...
My "sacrifice" this year is to change my attitude. Now that might not seem like a sacrifice to most of you, but I have the patience of a gnat most days, so this will be a sacrifice, I most assure you. I just need to grow patience. Please Lord?
My quickie posts are never really quickie...
Was late getting to work today. Hubby is ill at home (headache, stomachache, sore throat). We had major homework blues last night, so in order to study a bit more, I took the boys to school. I also had to take the youngest to preschool - my mom's car wheels were locked(?). So she couldn't get him there. I also forgot to drop lunch money off for the accounts at the older boys' school, so I ended up driving around the building after dropping them off, writing the check and going in to drop it in the office (son 3 reminded me as he was getting out of the van at the drop off door -- nice). By the time I got back to the van, I realized if I went on into work with youngest, I'd only be there a half hour before I'd have to turn around and come back past where I was to take Ben to school. So I called in and came in at 9:15.
Since the hubby's home, he should be able to get the boys off the bus, so I won't have to leave too early.
Science Fair update: May fly paper airplanes tonight with son 2-- the weather is nice outside, with no snow and dry conditions. So, it would be a good afternoon to get some of our flights out of the way. And my eldest is on day 8 of data collection for his science fair! Whoo Hoo! Once we get the data collected, we'll start the show boards.
And I wrote yesterday! Whoo Hoo! I got about 4 pages done on my R/T pregnancy fic. Not the one I wanted to write on, but hey, I wrote. Not sure if I'll keep it -- wasn't terribly stellar writing on my part, but it's a start.
And the foot is sort of at a standstill on healing. It still hurts, and is a bit swollen and well, just sort of stalling out. Will watch another couple days, then get the thing X-rayed if it doesn't start getting better again. I don't have time for it to be broke. I have informed the foot of that.
Off to do some work.
...and the kids are on a two hour delay.
Which made my morning a bit interesting...because someone had to stay home with them. Guess who
volunteered was elected. So we are leaving around 9 to drop the youngest at the sitters and take the others to school.
Which makes me between 2 1/2-3 hours late for work. and I still have to leave early to get the boys off the bus at the end of the day.
I do have to say, our school and the public system we are a part of very rarely ever delay school. They rarely close for weather, and it's even rare that they delay. I think in the seven years I've had kids in school, I think we've only delayed 3 times. We've closed about half a dozen times. I think what happened today was it's been so warm that the road crews thought that the snow would hit the roads and melt. I think it did that at first, but it then got well below freezing, and the roads quickly froze. So there was no preventive salt put out, and now they're trying to catch up. Almost every school in the area is delayed.
So, I'm home, drinking a cup of coffee, catching up on email. I bleached my sink, started a load in the washer, and started my dishwasher, in addition to finishing up the dishes that can't be put in the dishwasher. I also starte Tortellini Soup in the crock pot. It's amazing how much I can accomplish with an extra couple hours at home.
The boys are playing until it's time to leave.
I will be seeing various doctors more often than I prefer over the next two weeks:
- Ben was seen in the Urgent Care on Saturday for an ear infection.
- Ben needs to be re-checked in 14 days by his regular doctor.
- Nick needs a follow-up chest X-ray for his pneumonia
- I have an appt scheduled on the 13th for a hormone recheck -- bloodwork and doctor visit.
- I'm heading to the doctor today because the cough I have from the URI infection from two weeks ago has stalled out and is not getting any better.
Nick and I also had dental appts scheduled for next week, but those got cancelled.
In other news, Joshua's basketball team is 4 - 0 so far. Their coaches are really very good, and are teaching a lot of strategy techniques. The team was getting beat pretty hard after the first quarter in yesterday's game by a very aggressive team, and whatever our one coach saw, he was able to communicate to the boys, and they went out and beat the other team by 10 and kept the other team to scoring only 8 point in the last three quarters. (Final score was 25-15). Their one coach was a pro baseball player, and knows a thing or two about strategy. He works with the kids individually while the head coach works with the team as a whole. It's a good system and seems to be working very well for these boys.
Josh isn't much of a basketball player but is one of the taller ones, so he can rebound really good and get it to someone who can move the ball back up the court and score. He doesn't play a lot each game (although Saturday's game was an easy win, so he was in that game a bit more), but he loves it, so that's what's important.
And next week we have his very first band concert. That will be interesting...
We went and had brunch with Santa on Sunday -- which was very, very nice. It's sponsored by my hospital, and is an all you can eat buffet with some made-to-order things. Really good food (considering it's the hospital cafeteria), and the boys got to see Santa -- who Ben still wanted nothing to do with.
PhoenixSong is now accepting submissions for Holiday-Themed stories only. Stories must be five chapters or shorter to be considered. See their Homepage and Nest for details.
Back to work after ten days, and it basically sucked. Not horrible, work-wise, but I'm still carrying a cough and sound like someone else due to the upper respiratory crap I developed over last week. I'm feeling better except for the abdominal muscles I've pulled coughing my lungs up. And my incisions from 5 months ago hurt.
And I had to go for my every 6 month follow-up mammogram of my right side. So I've been squished today, too.
Work has actually gone smoothly, albeit busy. I had to rush and get an order in by Dec. 1st (I thought the deadline was Dec. 15th). And I had a few things I didn't do right before I left go haywire (nothing major). I have an audio conference on Wednesday about UNANNOUNCED inspections for the lab in the future (can't you hear my excitement of this announcement coming through your computer?), and while I don't think this will be a huge deal (it better not be), I need to listen to this audio conference to make sure. Basically, I think what it'll mean to me, is that anywhere from 6 months before my anniversary date here at the lab (March 12th, 2007) until said anniversary date, the inspectors can walk in unannounced and do my inspection that occurs every 2 years. This means that 6 months prior to that date (approx. Sept 12th, 2006) I'll have to have all my i's dotted and t's crossed in case they walk in, instead of by the date of the inspection. It also means my paperwork that has to be in prior to inspection (and it's a LOT of paperwork) will have to be in earlier. Oh Joy.. In all honesty, I can't see them coming in any closer than 3 months prior, but that's just me. I get 10 blackout dates, which I need to find out if 1 blackout date is one date or can be a block of dates (ie: I'll be out of the lab Nov 17-25th -- is that one date or 7?)
While I've felt they should be doing unannounced inspections for a while, it does suck to see them implement them. I'll get over it.
In fandom news, I've not written a lick, thanks to the URI I've had. I've now accepted to small challenges, and must get to work on them. One is a small drabble for hpgw_otp and one is a birthday pressie for bringandfly . We'll see if I get a chance to write tonight; hubby has band, and it's just the kids and I hanging out after homework.
The eldest announced to my husband as he was getting on the bus this morning, not to forget that he and his two other school-aged brothers have their first chess club meeting tonight after school. Of course, it's not hubby that has to pick them up. It's me. Hubby did email me and asked if I knew about this (of course, I didn't). My mom later calls and tells me that my eldest called her about it, so that she knew not to meet the schoolbus today, and whether or not she could pick them up. She called me, and we squared it away.
Life is back to normal at our house. Insanely busy.
We are (mostly) all decorated for the holidays -- we tend to do it the weekend after Christmas, just so it's done and out of the way -- it's hard for us to do it throughout the week, and the weekends get so busy so fast during the holidays. Hubby and I are both home the four days at Thanksgiving, the house is usually not in horrible shape after hosting Thanksgiving, so we just go ahead and get it done. The one tree is a monster -- it's a 9 foot artificial that has to be put together branch by branch and not prelit. That one takes us a while to get up and going. We hope to buy a pre-lit one soon, but we want one that is multi-colored lights and we haven't found one locally that is reasonably priced. So we suffer with putting this one together. We bought it the day after Christmas in 1996, and it still looks good. I'll take pictures when I get my act together.
I have our large nativity to get out yet, and we have the outside lights to get up. Then we will be done. Of course we still have to shop...
And one other tidbit -- I took the older two to see GoF on Tuesday evening (they loved it as much as their mum), and I took all four of them to see Chicken Little on Wednesday. On Thursday, the youngest (he's 4 1/2) dons the HP glasses from Halloween. I look at him and say, "Oh, are you my little Harry Potter?" His response? "No, mom, I Chicken Little". Of course it helps that he has a totally innocent face and blonde hair. Totally believable.
...Oy... (and a cookie to whoever can place that little play on words in my title)
Well, the boy is better, and the junky coughing has begun. He's now got a "productive" cough, which is a good thing. Poor kid, the cough is making him a bit miserable. But not nearly as bad as it was. I'm still waiting for a call for an oral antibiotic. I'm starting to get annoyed that the results aren't back yet. I should hear soon.
I'm back at work, and my last run of study samples look like shit, so that hasn't made my day. I will now probably have to re-run it when I get back on the 28th.
I feel like this week has gone on for months. It has been an extremely long week. But next week is short, short, short! I only work 3 days, then I'm off for parts unknown! And will have fun, fun, fun with aggiebell90 , mmmusings , and sherylyn . YEAH! And the movie is released next week too! I am soooooo excited, I can't see straight. Four days with no children, no nagging, hot meals and the ability to do what I want, when I want. It will be awesome. Truly awesome.
Time for lunch. Yay!
I'm very thankful to my friends here who expressed their concern. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love I felt. It really helped me through a difficult time.
We don't have a specific antibiotic yet, as the cultures haven't grown (no surprise there). They gave him 2 rocephin shots in the thighs today and he's responding, so it more than likely the bacterial type of pnuemonia. And since it's responding so well to rocephin, it's probably not mycoplasma but rather Strep pneumo. He'll get an antibiotic tomorrow that'll be oral, and we'll be well on our way to recovering. He'll have to have a follow-up chest x-ray in a month, and he'll probably cough for that long at least.
Anyway, I've just finished dinner, I've got to go in about an hour to get Matthew from a birthday party, and then I'll be done for the night.
And he was a real trooper -- they used a butterfly to draw blood and put an infusion of rocephin in. And never cried, wimpered, whatever. He was a really wonderful patient.
He goes back to the doctors tomorrow where they will look at the bloodwork and decide what to treat it with (rocephin is broad spectrum - tomorrow they will begin treatment with something more specific).
This was honestly the first time I was a nervous wreck over one of my kids' illnesses. I was about 85% sure before we left home it was pneumonia, but I was scared that it was something worse, or it was pneumonia, but they would have to hospitalize to treat because of how bad he was.
Any good thoughts and prayers are welcomed.
I'm definitely not someone who can come up with original titles, that's for sure.
Well, the morning went a bit better at home, with the young 'uns cooperating. Of course the eldest thinks he "knows it all and is the parent" wanted to do safety patrol outside with no coat on. In 40 degree weather. Nope. He was torqued off because I made him put his coat on.
Whatever. He lives his life torqued off at me because I make his live miserable. He's not said that, I'm just sure he thinks that.
My job is done then.
In other news, he came home telling me that he and his friends are starting a chess club at school and that it will be after school and the principal has approved it.
My questions: Who's the advisor (parent or teacher) and how do you think you can work this in?
And it wouldn't be an October day without me asking you to click on the link to support mammograms. Please do. They are way behind their goal of clicks for the month of October.
Head hurts, tired, and glad the day's about out. Today wasn't bad, just busy. And I was going to try to beta, and no one would leave me alone long enough to do it. Was really torquing me off.
And I'm trying to teach the eldest how to knit. Seems that one of their service projects at school is making a scarf for the local homeless shelter. Each student is required to knit one. The eldest has done some really odd things to his scarf. I usually can correct it, but I look at some of his knitting and it takes me a while to figure out how to get it fixed.
And click on the link to support mammograms.
Well, it's been a busy morning at work -- I worked and wrote something for a friend of mine in between all the incubations. Anyway, the day is about out, I wrote nine pages and have sent it off, and I'm about ready to head home to meet the bus.
In other news, I am feeling good, but not wonderful. I was a bit more scattered today than I have been. I think things are getting adjusted, but may need more tweaking.
The boys have now all quit Karate. Son 2 wants to take a break, while son 3 doesn't like the fighting aspect. It's okay with me. I actually could use a break from it. We've gone almost non-stop with Karate for almost 3 years.
And Happy Birthday aibhinn I hope it's happy.
Click the Breast Cancer Link and fund free Mammograms. It's free to do. They're still behind on their goal.
Today has gone by in a whirlwind -- the day was busy at work, and now I'm home and waiting on the school bus. It is late, because the bus driver was having them do a fire drill today (I know because I went by the switch point, as they were unloading out the back end).
It is odd today -- son 2 had tutoring yesterday instead of today, and Karate has now been moved from Monday to Tuesday, so things are all switched around.
My Remus/Tonks story is now with aggiebell90 for posting. *hugs her*
I'm still feeling fairly good on the new hormones. *fingers crossed* I hope it stays that way. Will see what the blood work shows in about 2 weeks.
And clicky clicky on the breast cancer site link . They are way, way behind on their goal of 750 mammograms for the month of October. Every click is equal to three clicks during this month. Please go click and fund mammograms. It's free, and it only takes a moment to make a difference.
I am, once again, wireless at my house. My router up and died back before I had surgery. I had bought one right after I had said surgery, but it's taken me this long to find the time to hook it up. I made an attempt on Monday, and the hub I had would not recognize one of the cords. So I had to get a new cord, and wah-la! It works. I think there is still an issue...something about an IP address not agreeing between my laptop and my desktop, but if my desktop is turned off, it doesn't seem to affect the ability for the laptop to get on. I have to set my palm up tonight, which I don't use for internet at home terribly often because it's so slow. But I want it set up anyway.
The boys were monsters this morning, so my morning didn't start well. I'm leaving work early today -- I need a break from kids and work (which seems to be all my life has been this week), so I'm going to go home to a quiet house and sort mail. I've probably got a stack 6 inches tall.
Submissions are now closed for PhoenixSong. Now to sort through the new submissions.
Hubby due home around 2 (well at the airport) today. He should get to our home around 4.
And welcome back to bringandfly . I hope your computer woes are a thing of the past. *hugs* You were missed!
Got to fly!
I had a killer headache earlier, and it is better now, but still there.
One of hubby's best friends -- the woman who sat next to him in the community band he plays in -- died last night. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer a couple of weeks ago. She last played with the band on Aug. 24th, exactly a month before she died. She played saxophone and her and my hubby both played first part. We think she was 72. She was put into a drug induced coma about a week and half ago to solve her pain issue, and was never brought out. My husband never got to really say goodbye (he's not the type to go and talk to comatose patients). He will, of course, be out of the country for the viewing or funeral (we assume he won't be back in time), which will bother him greatly.
I was a maniac with the kids this morning, in part from the killer headache. I got to relax a bit this afternoon while the youngest napped and the older ones watched TV and played. It was actually something I needed greatly. I worked on getting study material together for my son's religion test, so I can help him study for it. The test is on Tuesday.
The "fix a flat" has held for the tire. That's a good thing.
I received the next part of jeconais's Gabrielle story, Hope, this afternoon. I will work on betaing it tonight.
I also got back 2 of my pre-betas for my Remus/Tonks fic, called, Together. I hope to work through those tonight, too, if time allows. *smooches jeconais and jenadamson*
Time for dinner. Then bookbag packing and final studying. Then the bedtime ritual for the boys. Then working on the betaing stuff.