7 quick takes

by michelle on January 29, 2015 · 0 comments

1. Night before last, Jonas woke up and had me up for a couple of hours. He first said he had a bad dream, and 1.5 hours later he said that his ear hurt. I gave him some zyrtec and advil, and within a few minutes he was (finally) asleep again. Then yesterday, he went to school, but around 11:30 was crying and upset because his ear hurt. I made him a drs appointment, picked him up, as I happened to be in town yesterday to work at a different library to learn some new skillz, and off we went. The pediatrician said that his ear looked like it hurt. Poor buddy. So antibiotics were acquired. But yesterday afternoon, he was in so much pain. He was just laying on the couch whimpering. I felt so bad for him. At one point he let me hold an ice pack to his ear while we waited for his advil to kick in. I’m of course happy to care for him, but it just made me that much more overwhelmed for those times when I’m not able to go get him because I’m 45 minutes away and don’t have any leave. On the one hand, I work for a place that is totally understanding of family life and understands if I need to be off even when I don’t have leave to take. But that still sucks.

2. While at target with Jonas picking up his prescription, I walked by the hair dye and picked up a box. Results are favorable.

3. I still, 3 months in, haven’t figured out how to meal plan without having the same 4 or 5 things for dinner every night with me not home to cook. I think the definition of “dinner” is going to have to change for us.

4. On that same sort of theme – my house is becoming dirty.

5. I’m on the hunt for a new blush. I’m not sure what exactly I’m looking for in this blush. I have coral. I have a pinky mauve. I have classic pink. I have a warm berry. But I think I want something that just says “BLUSH” when I wear it. Not like in a Mimi way, but like a “look at my glowy cheeks” way. Does this exist? Do you own it? Let me know.

6. I can’t believe how much I still can laugh at episodes of Friends. I have seen them all so many times, and yet I laugh. Out loud. While sitting by myself.

7. There was awhile there where I thought maybe I lost my love of reading, and I’ve finally gotten it back. I have read some really great things lately, but mostly The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Steifvater has really occupied my brain. Like, I can’t stop thinking about the story, and the characters, and just how wonderfully REAL they are while also in a wonderfully dreamy fantasy story. It’s just lovely.


One wild friday night.

by michelle on January 10, 2015 · 2 comments

Yesterday, late morning, Chris received a call from Jonas’s daycare saying that he was crying a bit because of pain in his hip and back. He had calmed down and ate lunch and took a nap, and Chris was going to check in a little bit later to see how he was doing.  When he called around 3:15, the daycare said that Jonas had woken from his nap, seemingly ok, but was playing on the carpet and suddenly started crying in pain again. They told Chris that he’d never cried like that before, and was inconsolable.  Chris left work, called me, I called the pediatrician and then also left work.

The pediatrician’s office said to go ahead and take him to the ER since they had equipment to check him out that the pediatrician didn’t, so Chris picked up Jonas and made his way to the ER. I started my drive to meet them there. 45 minutes of trying really hard not to panic. Thankful I had a good audiobook to get lost in.

The Children’s ER here is so great. They hadn’t been there for very long when I arrived, and not long after that did we get into triage. As soon as triage was over, we were taken back to a room. I don’t know if this was coincidence or what, but the other patient sharing the room with us wasn’t there for anything contagious. Thank you, hospital. Because as we walked around, there was so much horrible sounding coughing from kids of all ages. And there was a 10 day old baby there for something and that baby was so, so tiny, and had an IV into the back of his or her little head. Depressing.

Jonas had said that his hip still hurt a little bit, and the more we asked him about it, the more we realized it wasn’t hurting very much anymore, thank goodness. He was still pointing to his abdomen. The nurse made him walk and squat and jump and march, and he said it felt fine. She mashed on his belly, and it was fine. And then we waited. Jonas has done this twice before, once when he broke his heel, and once when he needed stitches in his chin. He’s an ER champ.

When the physician came to see him, she was so great with him. Seriously – her calling was pediatric ER physician, I think. She moved his legs around, mashed on his abdomen some more, pushed up on his legs, all kinds of stuff.

Her diagnosis? Gas pains.

So, yeah. ER trip for gas pains, which sucks because copay, but also, as like the ER doc said, hip pain in a kid that age is more worrisome than abdomen pain since he’s a lot younger than appendicitis typically shows, but she was really glad to tell us that it was just gas pains. And she was very reassuring that his symptoms warranted bringing him in and that we did the right thing. Basically, Jonas had the most expensive fart ever.

Then we went to Super Hero night at the hockey game downtown, and Chris’ sister had gotten some free seats down on the ice and so Jonas was up against the glass to see a hockey game and he had a great time with his cousin, so sure, we spent 2 hours at the pediatric ER, but the hockey game was fun.


My most loved makeup from 2014

January 9, 2015

  Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – I’ve used a million different eyeliners. I really do love a good gel eyeliner, but the new trend for eyeliner pens just makes my mornings so much easier. I prefer the formula of the Stila 24/7 liner to this one, but the KVD makes a little wing SO [...]

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Here’s an attempt at a yearly wrap up.

January 2, 2015

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? Got a job as a librarian. That was pretty new. 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn’t have any. I’m still thinking on what I want to do this year. 3. Did [...]

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Things I need*

December 5, 2014

1. I think I need an extra hour in every day, or at least the ability to need less sleep to function daily. There’s exactly zero way I can work, do homework, keep us all in clean clothes, and feed us food that is not from a restaurant, take care of myself, keep the house [...]

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November 18, 2014

The hardest part, so far, of switching to this “having a job” thing has been dealing with the feelings that someone else is getting the best of my kid every day. Jonas is an awesome kid. Sure, he drives me crazy, but he’s an awesome kid. He is funny and kind. He’s fun to play [...]

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So, what’s up?

October 16, 2014

Hey-oh! Let’s talk a little about life! Here’s what’s up: I began work on my master’s in Library and Information Science last fall. I started my first library job this week. Today is my second day, and I’m still doing things like getting familiar with the library website and what databases they have to offer, [...]

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A few useless tidbits, and why kids are jerks when they have ear infections.

January 29, 2014

The semester started late last week, and it’s clear that it’s going to be a lot more serious than last semester. I’m learning a boat load of new terminology and methodologies. My classes are titled “Introduction to Information Retrieval” and “Introduction to Instructional Design”. I didn’t even understand half of the words in the title [...]

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These are my heart songs

November 7, 2013

Bonus points for recognizing the lyric reference in the title. Ginger had a nice prompt the other day, about your top 10 life songs. This is HARD. HARD HARD HARD because music was my lifeline through adolescence, and I associate certain songs, sometimes entire albums, and in one case, the entirety of one band’s music [...]

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Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?

September 12, 2013

Earlier today, there was some awesome conversation happening on twitter and also on Not Raising Brats about the rerelease of The Little Mermaid and how Michelle was hesitant to take her daughters to see it because Ariel is not exactly a great role model. She makes a VERY valid point – Ariel gives up her voice [...]

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