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Some days you wish there was a reset button

Today went well at work. I came home feeling really blah. The Chosen One was working from home, but I just laid down on the bed and read. Gryffindor and Hufflepuff were doing their own thing, and Ravenclaw was off with my mom.

I rested and did nothing productive at all for a couple hours, and then Ravenclaw came home. That didn’t make me any more productive, though. I did get up around 5 thinking I was going to go to the Temple with my friend SB at 6. Sadly, the general blah-feeling was not improved by standing up. Instead I had a migraine pop in. Yay. I had been feeling one sneaking around on the outsides of my brain, but I hadn’t felt it start throbbing until I stood up.

So, I took my meds, crawled back under the covers, cancelled my plans for the night, begged Gryffindor to make me popcorn (the only thing that sounded appealing at all), and went to sleep. I’m writing this after waking up briefly. The Chosen One and Hufflepuff are watching a movie together downstairs, and I’m going back to sleep. Here’s hoping tomorrow is better.


Workaday world

So, to make up for skipping out on Wednesday, I had to work a full day on Thursday. It was a long day. My boss had had a rotten day the day before (and forgot I was out, oops), so he was grouchy.

On the plus side, I got a lot done.

On the minus side, I missed my family. Ravenclaw hadn’t been with us on Wednesday, and then she left for a sleepover at her friend’s house before I got home last night, so I barely saw her. She got home safely this morning, but it was after I left for work. I got home just a little before The Chosen One, but just after we got home their father picked Ravenclaw and Gryffindor up.

I totally vegged out and watched a bazillion episodes of Rehab Addict. It’s probably not healthy to watch the same show from 6pm-10pm. Just as a theory. But it was fascinating. I now have the TiVo set up to record it, but we don’t get the DiY channel, only HGTV, so we can’t watch it as often. Feh. No DiY and no BYUtv. No Cooking Channel, either.

Ravenclaw likes that kind of show, so she watched an episode with me. It was fun.

A long day, though. Time for sleep.


Hours and hours of driving

That’s the theme for today. Hours and hours of driving.

I took the day off work so we could bring Hufflepuff to a town an hour and a half away to meet her boyfriend. The boyfriend she Skypes constantly but hadn’t met in person yet.

She got dressed very carefully, and wore some cute flats my mom had given her. The flats were a good idea. The dress was cute, and modest (she didn’t want to look slutty for his parents).

We met up at my friend S’s house, and we drove down with her and her family. My friend S has a sister who lives in the town, so it worked out beautifully. Her kids got to see their aunt, Hufflepuff got to meet her boyfriend, Gryffindor got to spend the day with her BFF L (S’s oldest daughter), and I got to spend the day with my friend. It was all good. (Ravenclaw wasn’t feeling well, so she stayed home with The Chosen One, who was working from home).

Hufflepuff’s boyfriend comes up to her shoulder. It’s cute. His parents are about that height, too. They seemed very nice, for the short amount of time I spent talking with them. Hufflepuff said his whole family was nice.

S was truly awesome and drove us around to 3 comic book shops so Gryffindor could hunt for something (which she didn’t find, but she did find some other cool stuff). And then we all watched Frozen. Funnily enough Hufflepuff and her boyfriend watched Frozen, too, but they watched it alone rather than in a room with little kids.

Other than all the driving (which is annoying) it was a fun day. I’m glad we could make it happen. And I’m incredibly grateful that S was willing to drive!


Blerg

I am still having GI troubles.

I went to work, though. Lots of talk about the marathon, and the office manager was playing the feed from the marathon all morning.

After work I came home to find out that Ravenclaw needed me to drive her to her friend’s house. But right as we got in the car they pulled up! :) And they brought her home later, too.

I went back to bed. It was nice.

I did manage to cook dinner (ish). Does spaghetti, reheated sauce, and fried tofu count? The girls (allegedly) cleaned up afterwards.

Here’s hoping tomorrow is better. Today was a little better than yesterday, but nothing tasted right and the food smelled wrong. :(

Not a good way to start off the girls’ spring break, but since I have to go to work, it doesn’t matter all that much to me that it’s spring break. Though I do get to sleep in a bit, which is nice.

It was nice knowing The Chosen One was home with them today. Made me feel safe. They’re pretty safe on their own, but it does feel safer to have an adult at home.

So here’s hoping even more that tomorrow goes well. The Chosen One will be at work and Gryffindor is going to my mom’s house. So I’m hoping I feel better and I hope that Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw don’t kill each other when they’re home alone.


Easter was awesome

Until it wasn’t.

We got to sleep in a bit (8:30 for baskets) because it was Stake Conference and I didn’t feel comfortable driving into Cambridge. We went to my mom’s church, and it was quite lovely.

Then we went to my mom’s house for the traditional egg hunt, with a pieced-together non-clue clue for the treasure (bunny for Ravenclaw, Fennikin for Gryffindor, emerald earrings for Hufflepuff).

We had steak and eggs (grilled steak tips and a frittada) plus artichokes, asparagus, roasted potatoes, and a bunny cake for dessert. It was delicious!

As a bonus, Gryffindor had us all singing Feliz Navidad. Until we learned Spanish for Easter, and then we sang that.

We had a nice visit with my dad & step-mom, too. Another hunt, this time for Peeps and a $5. :) Their deck was incredibly warm. So warm that Gryffindor dozed off and Hufflepuff & Ravenclaw went down to the beach. Hufflepuff took a great pic of Ravenclaw in the water. Lovely.

Unfortunately, I started to have a crummy tummy at the end of the celebration and went home to go to bed and the bathroom. I’m not a fan of GI troubles. Other than that, though, it was fabulous.


Resting and Easter Prep

Today was a good mix of resting (I slept until almost 10! and took a nap!) and prepping for Easter. I had some shopping to do so I could bring the annual Easter bunny cake, plus I offered to bring artichokes.

As a bonus, last night when I fell asleep my iPad fell on my face and cut my nose and bruised it. Ouch. Absolutely a #firstworldproblem but it really does hurt.

After I ran my errands I came home with a crummy tummy, so I took that nap. When I went out for another round of errands I came home with a horrible migraine.  I took meds because I still needed to make dinner (stuffed portobellas, roasted brussels sprouts, tater tots) and make the 2 circular cakes that become the bunny.

I was rather grouchy when Ravenclaw and Gryffindor came home from their dad’s house remembering that I had promised to take them shopping for an Easter dress. Blergh. I managed to suck it up and take them to Target, but I was decidedly grouchy by the time I got home.

After dinner we had fun dyeing eggs together (first time we did that with The Chosen One!), decorating the bunny cake, and then watching a film on lds.org called “He is Risen” which follows the final days of Jesus. Good little film.

Now that the children are asleep (and so is The Chosen One), the Easter Bunny can come. Tomorrow we’ll have church with my mom and then go to my mom’s house for an Easter brunch with steak and eggs. Sounds like a good plan. Thank goodness I can sleep in a bit tomorrow (until 8), because I’m a little sleepy now.


Friday night date night

While the girls were:

  • at their dad’s (Ravenclaw)
  • at a church Young Women’s retreat in an art studio (Gryffindor)
  • at a friend’s house (Hufflepuff)

we stayed in, ate dinner, watched one of the last episodes of Psych, and enjoyed some time without any kids in the house.


It’s the little things

I’m grateful for my kids. They make me smile.

I’m grateful for their friends, who keep them busy and happy.

I’m thankful for the parents of their friends who help me out when needed.

I’m thankful for my husband, who stayed home with the kids tonight while I went to an Enrichment meeting at church. He even watched animé with the girls.

I’m thankful for my church and the members in my ward. I’m thankful I came home from Enrichment tonight with three typed pages of book suggestions.

I’m thankful for books. And authors. And the time I can sneak off and read.

I’m thankful for friends who are supportive and give me rides and work together with me to carpool. New friends and old.

I’m thankful for a job that pays pretty well and keeps me busy.

I’m thankful that my middle daughter was able to be a good conversationalist with the enrollment guy at the private school. I’m thankful that it looks like we will be able to send her there. I hope.


Still tired

I don’t foresee this changing any time soon. I had a long day at work and then came home to a busy time before the girls left with their dad, then more busy-ness while The Chosen One and I tried to finish putting together the pantry. But when we put the doors on the drawers won’t open. Oops!

Today I’m feeling very grateful for my relative good health and that of my girls.

I’m also feeling strong promptings to pray for my brother & sister-in-law and their baby today. I hope everything is ok with them.

In other news I’m tired.

Hufflepuff not speaking until the end of school went well. She had a rainbow ribbon and a rainbow bracelet that says something about everyone having a voice. One boy tried to hassle her and make her talk. He did it right in front of a teacher and got sent straight to the office! I’m very impressed with her school right now. And with her. I hope she keeps learning to advocate for herself in general, but this was one specific type of advocacy that is important to her, and I’m proud of her for that.

We watched HGTV’s smart house show tonight. So cool! There are definitely things we want to integrate into our house, but other things that we didn’t like. The rooms felt really small, and I don’t understand using white upholstery on chairs in the dining room. Hunh? And they said people don’t use dining rooms. Really? Everyone I know does. But, I know Mormons. And people who cook all the time. Maybe that’s the difference?

It also annoyed me that there was a TV in every room. Including the shower. WTF? Can’t we have screen-free zones?

So tired now. Must sleep. And we kept The Chosen One up past his bedtime. Oops.

Tomorrow is Gryffindor’s scholarship interview. Ravenclaw is going to a friend’s house because The Chosen One is at the office, and she’d rather not be home alone with Hufflepuff. :)