Friday, March 23, 2012

The End

How did Marquette and Wisconsin both manage to lose on the same night? Disappointing and now I'm no longer first in my bracket contest which is also disappointing, although expected.

Today also marks the end to the very, very, very long road the husband has been on to finish his dissertation. It seems that each time I think it's over, such as the day he defended, it's not. Somehow, academia finds a way to stretch the process out even longer, as if SEVEN years hasn't been quite long enough. Today he is turning the final, final, it damn well better be final, copy of his dissertation for publication. Thank God.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March Madness

In the grand tradition of my father, I'm starting my children off young with regards to sports betting. This morning over breakfast the whole family filled out their NCAA tournament brackets. QT was pretty funny, she picked the underdog in just about every game. Needless to say, I don't think she'll come out the winner, but the tourney sure would be interesting and crazy if she did.

One thing all the kids agreed on was GO MARQUETTE!

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Plague

The plague aka walking pneumonia has struck our happy home. It started with SB who was told at his 5 year check-up (which took place when he was actually 5 years 5 months old because that's how on top of these things I am) that he has walking pneumonia. At that very same appointment the pedi checked out QT at her 3 year check-up (which took place on her third birthday so see, I am on top of things with at least one child) and declared her healthy. About the same time SB was finishing up his antibiotics, QT started coughing something fierce so it was back to the pedi for her and yep, sure enough, walking pneumonia. Getting QT to take the antibiotics has been a struggle. She is one very strong willed little girl who loves to cry and scream and it literally takes every ounce of patience I can muster to deal with her some days. The more days though she takes it the better she is about it so I figure by tomorrow, which is her last day taking it, we'll have no issues whatsoever. Then, a year from now when she's sick again she'll forget how easy and painless it was to take it and we'll be back to screaming and crying. Ugh.

Anyway, I had high hopes that the baby would avoid the sickness which has descended upon our normally happy home but he too started coughing loudly yesterday. I'm hoping that spending some time in a steamy bathroom will help him but if not then it's back to the pedi for the third time in three weeks. I know so many parents for whom this is just typical, one kid gets sick and then everyone gets sick, but my kids aren't sick all that often and this is the first time for them to be really sick since I had the baby so honestly, it's wearing me out.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pinterest Makes Me Feel Like a Failure

Today I received some emails that recipes I pinned on my Pinterest boards were re-pinned. Whenever that happens I like to go and check out the boards of the people who have re-pinned my items. Inevitably, I end up pinning a whole bunch of stuff from their boards. I mainly pin recipes that look delicious, look super easy to make or seem like things my kids would eat. In reviewing my board, however, I realize I have only made about one thing from an entire, ever growing, slew of recipes. And that makes me feel like a failure. How is something that's meant to be fun and organizational make me feel so bad? Because it's yet one more thing out there, taunting me, and reminding me that I rarely even muster up the energy to try a new recipe. So, so, sad.