Monthly Archives: August 2013

sick on vacation

As of this evening, I’ve officially been sick for two weeks straight.  I just took my temperature, and it’s over 100.  Argh!  Based on pain in my face and sinus pressure, the fever, and other symptoms, I’m pretty sure I have sinusitis.   I really need to just take it easy, but that is SO HARD with a toddler.  Just so hard.  I can take it easy for half a day, maybe, and then I start feeling really guilty for making my husband do all the work.  We’re also on vacation in Port Lud.low, which isn’t really making it any easier.  I think I just need to stay in bed for a while – not too long, maybe just a couple of days, but that is pretty much not going to happen.


unilateral action

I seriously cannot believe Obama is considering unilateral military action against Syria.  One of the principle reasons – maybe the principle reason – I voted for Obama was because I thought he was unlikely to take unilateral military action against anyone.  (I was mostly worried about Iran.)  Seriously!  Did we not learn anything in Iraq?  I am pissed.

Social Attitude Test

Radicalism 66.5
Socialism 25
Tenderness 53.125


“These scores indicate that you are a moderate progressive; this is the political profile one might associate with a university professor. It appears that you are skeptical towards religion, and have a pragmatic attitude towards humanity in general.

Your attitudes towards economics appear capitalist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as libertarian.

To round out the picture you appear to be, political preference aside, an egalitarian with few strong opinions.

This concludes our analysis; we hope you found your results accurate, useful, and interesting.”


Anybody else?

my worst moments

I am getting sick again.  Sore throat, headache, low grade fever, runny nose.  I cannot believe it.  We were hoping to go to the beach this weekend, but now I’m not sure it’s such a good idea.

Before WaPo and the NYT starting charging to view their papers, I might have been blissfully unaware of Miley Cyrus and her twerking.  I still read these two papers in incognito mode, but much less frequently than I used to.  Instead, I’ve started ready CNN every day, and stopping by more frequently.  I know there are other options – Irish Times, BBC, etc.  I was a CNN addict back in the early 2000s, after 9/11.  However, I’d stopped  reading it almost complete in the last 2 or 3 years.  I just became annoyed with how silly the news articles seemed.  Now, though, I’m back to reading it on an almost daily basis.  And, as such, I end up reading about MC twerking.

I’m not opposed to overly sexy dance in general.  There was a time when I might even have found twerking hot.  However, those times are over and now I can’t help but think of such things in the context of my daughter.  I have a visceral reaction of disgust to what I’ve seen of the Cyrus thing.  She’s having her teenage rebellion for the world to see.  I guess I should be glad no one was around with a video camera during my worst moments.  It’s not so much the dancing itself which is bothersome, it’s more the doing it up on stage for all the world to see, as opposed to say in a camera-free nightclub.

Well, last week when I was sick I tried to work through it without slowing down and ended up feeling like I was on death’s doorstep by day 4.  This time, I’m going to try and take it a bit easier.  I have to be at work this afternoon, but I’m going to stay home this morning and take it easy.  Maybe I’ll get better faster.

growing up

I am still unbelievably congested.  I think I feel worse today than yesterday, which probably has a lot to do with working all day.  The man I sit next to was home today, presumably with the same illness.  I feel bad.  I hate people who come into work and get me sick, and I probably did it to him!

Anyway.  L has added two new words to her vocabulary – “Uh oh!” and “Agua (water).”  She says Uh oh at every opportunity, and we drop and spill a lot of things these days, so there are plenty of opportunities.  She also seems to have an insatiable thirst these days and asks for “agua” a lot.  (N is a native Spanish speaker and speaks to L in Spanish regularly.)  I love it when L learns new words!  It is just music to my ears.  A lot of 18 month olds start to combine two words into phrases, but if we could just make it to ten words, I’d be ecstatic.  We’ve got mama, dada, uh oh, dog / da ga (sometimes), nana (banana), up, and agua.  There are a couple words she used to say and doesn’t any more, but I think these are the only current ones.  Still, considering she had maybe one word at 15 months, we’re definitely making progress.

L has also gotten pretty good at using her shape sorter recently.  She’s figured out how to match the color of the block with the color of the panel she’s supposed to put the block through.  She’s very good with circles, hexagons and squares, which are relatively easy since there are lots of ways to fit them through the holes.  She has a harder time with the semicircle and the rhombus since they only fit through one way.

Lately, L has also gotten super acrobatic.  We were at the park the other day and she just starts hanging by her arms off the side of the play structure, feet dangling in the air.  I couldn’t believe it!  She certainly didn’t get any upper body strength from either of her parents.

feeling truly awful

It is really quite amazing how poorly a cold can make you feel.  I started feeling truly miserable today at around 11 am and finally left work at around 2:30.  We don’t have sick leave, just paid time off which can be used either for vacation or sick time.  We’re also not really supposed to work from home.  As a result, I’m very motivated to go to work.  I wonder how many co-workers I infected before I finally gave up and went home?

It’s 5 pm now, and I still feel truly awful, though lying on my back in bed watching Netflix is a nicer way to feel awful than sitting in meetings.  L seems to be feeling a bit better, thankfully.