Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The new weekend

Since I started working my new Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday work schedule my weekends consist of Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  So, depending on what happens during those days (like, how busy we are), I will just start speaking of Friday through Monday as "the weekend".  As we get into the busy holiday season it will probably change, but for now we'll stick to the plan.

Last Friday, the 11th, were school pictures. 

Elliott showing his "school picture" smile. 

And what he hoped they would not make him do. 

Spencer said this was his school picture smile. 

I said absolutely not, but this is hardly better. 

While the kids were at school I got a delightful delivery.  I had "ordered" a free mug from Shutterfly. I say "ordered" because I just paid for the shipping.  Honestly, how does Shutterfly stay in business?

I decided to use our family Halloween pictures for the last four years.  I'll do another mug when we have four more years.....if the kids continue to tolerate such nonsense. 

Each picture shows a different picture/part on the mug.   




The kids got into a huge fight with each other before we even made it home from school on Friday so they got banished to their rooms.  With doors closed. 
On Saturday Spencer went to a play date at a trampoline place, Michael and Elliott did some stuff I don't even remember and I had lunch with some SLP friends.  I met all of them in 2004 when we all worked in the same district.  It was my first year as an SLP. 

There was a gorgeous sunset that night, but the pictures from our backyard did it no justice. 

Saturday night I did my first pedicure entirely with Jamberry wraps.  It was difficult and doesn't look great, but it's my toes so nobody can really tell. 
We got up on Sunday to an entirely crippled Ginger.  Her front left paw was totally swollen and she could put NO pressure on it.  She was alert the whole day but really immobilized.  We ended up carrying her outside to the grass every few hours to keep her from walking.  It was really sad. 
Michael and Spencer stayed home that day and watched Harry Potter 6, and Elliott and I went to IKEA for breakfast and some shopping.  We bought two new balloon wall lights for his room, but I haven't taken pictures yet.  Ginger has occupied too much of my time.  We also went to Target and Ross where I bought new curtains and curtain rods for the kitchen.  Again, no pictures, because Ginger. 

I did manage to get a picture of this nonsense though. I went with an early 2000's hairstyle on Sunday afternoon for my workout.  It was the first time in, really, ever, that I kept my hair from falling in my eyes during burpees and whatnot.  I think it's my go-to workout hairstyle now, even if it looks totally ridiculous. 
Michael hung up these little pictures that day.  It's taken almost five years for me to find the perfect thing to hang on this tiny wall in the dining room.  And yes, I realize the quality of this picture is awful.  Let's blame it on Ginger again.   Each pictures shows a recipe for a classic drink.  I'll take a better picture soon.  

I made grain free coconut breakfast porridge for dinner that night. Lots of fresh fruit and cinnamon on top. 

Elliott picked new jammies out at Target that day and he wanted his picture in them before bedtime. 

I called the vet's office at 7:30 am on Monday and made an 11:00 appointment for Ginger.  I was really concerned about her foot and walking ability.  She had gotten worse all day Sunday and I was up with her almost every hour during the night because she couldn't stand up on her own so she was panicking and just scratching at the floor.  Monday morning she couldn't even stand up without her back feet falling out from underneath her.  There were about five minutes yesterday morning that I thought she was going to die that day. She had also developed a little cough last week that I was going to call about anyway, but the walking was definitely the most pressing issue. 

They brought in a basket of snacks for me in the exam room.  I had nothing. 
\Her walking had improved in the last couple of hours, but she was still sliding on the floor and losing her balance.  She was not happy to be there. 

She also walked under this table and got stuck. Which was just sad. 
After much discussion with the vet, a panel of lab work, and a bunch of x-rays, Ginger was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia most likely caused by Valley Fever.  The pneumonia is for sure, but the test for Valley Fever takes five days.  The foot issue and balance seems to be the result of a spider bite or scorpion sting, given how quickly it came on, the severity of her symptoms and how quickly she is recovering.  We got more pain pills for her, a 10 day course of antibiotics and we'll come up with a new plan once we know the Valley Fever results. I really could not be more pleased with the results.  Valley Fever won't be a picnic, but compared to say, congestive heart failure or a lung tumor, we can deal with it. 

She was one tired girl last night. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017


This was my first "regular schedule" week at work.  I'm working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday now.  Things are going really well at work, it's just been a very busy week.  But only at work.  This will be a quick wrap-up because there's not much to report outside of work.

I bought this pumpkin last week but took a picture of it on Monday.  Do you think it can be my only fall purchase this year? 
Ginger on Monday.   I stayed home with her the whole day and it was glorious.  I think I worked out and watched a movie.  But honestly, I don't even remember. 

Elliott wanted to work out with Michael that evening.  I think he lasted through the warm up and then left. 

This crazy bird was walking back and forth on the pool fence while I was making dinner. 

And, and we had another lost tooth!  Spencer came home from school on Monday saying his tooth was loose.  We told him to keep wiggling it and then it popped out after dinner. 

The tooth fairy spent a lot of time at our house over three days. 
I worked on Tuesday.  I was randomly thinking about meatloaf for dinner and once I started thinking about it I couldn't stop, so I stopped at Sprout's on my way home and bought everything for meatloaf made in the instant pot and spinach artichoke stuffed baked potatoes. 

I also bought Ginger a bone.  I gave it to her and she immediately went to the backyard to bury it. 

Beagle snout being used as a shovel. 
Wednesday at work I went through seven years of inactive files and removed every kid that has no chance of coming back because they are too old.  These will now go to be archived in Kansas in some sort of underground safe that stretches for miles and miles and miles.  I laugh thinking about my personal speech therapy files being added.  

And finally, I cooked purple cauliflower for the first time today. 
I made a beautiful rainbow stir fry with the purple cauliflower, onions, red pepper, shredded carrots, spinach, turkey and coconut aminos. 

I am really looking forward to a slower pace for my long weekend.  I have lunch plans with friends, a trip to IKEA with Elliott and working on Spencer's birthday invitations. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

IKEA, student council and teeth

That title I just wrote is 100% accurate.  That's exactly what we're going to discuss.  Plus, some bonus pictures of Ginger because what is a post without Ginger. 

Last Friday, the 4th, I went to IKEA.  I got there about 10 minutes before they opened thinking the downstairs cafe would be open and I could get my free cup of coffee and drink it before going upstairs.  Turns out the restaurant opens early, but not the cafe. So I had to sit and wait.  With no coffee to keep me company.

It was lonely in there. 

I was looking for some stuff for home and some stuff for work.  

I thought about this for work. 

But ended up going with this much cheaper alternative. 
I also got this balloon wall light for Elliott.  I thought for sure he was going to hate it, but (even though it was hanging on the wall) I didn't mention it for five days so he wouldn't see my excitement and automatically reject it.  We didn't talk about it until Tuesday.  Because of that he loves it and wants me to go back and buy the blue and yellow ones. 

He likes it on at night to use as a night light. 

The rest of my day was spent at home with this lil' lady. 

We watched Lincoln, which was either a boring movie or a fascinating documentary.  I'm still not sure. 

Spencer had asked us a few days prior if he could run for student council as student council representative for his class.  Of course we said yes.  The election was on Friday, and he won!

His winning speech. 
In other exciting news, Elliott lost his first tooth.  The first thing he told me when he woke up Friday morning was that his teeth hurt.  I looked and both bottom front teeth were incredibly loose.  I thought the right one would come out first followed soon after by the left, but it ended up being opposite.  He lost the left one first right at the end of school. 
I was curious how Elliott compared in age to Spencer losing his first tooth so I looked it up in Spencer's baby book.  Spencer lost his first tooth on April 2, 2013.  He was 5 years, 6 months and 27 days old.  Elliott was 5 years, 7 months and 19 days old.  The first tooth Spencer lost was the first tooth he ever got.  Elliott's was his second tooth.  Just random trivia for nobody to ever remember. 

More pictures of Ginger before bedtime. 

Saturday was another exciting tooth day.  I made banana chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and Elliott was eating them with his fingers because he insisted the fork hurt his remaining loose tooth too much. I was still flipping pancakes on the stove top so Michael told Elliott he was making too much of a mess and to use his fork. Elliott's response was: "well, dad, if I make a huge mess I can just use something called, oh, I don't know, A SINK OR A WASHCLOTH to clean up." That was entirely too much sass for us, so after breakfast I made him bite a whole apple and then, no more loose tooth. 

Did I mention school pictures are in a few days? 
We did a bunch of cleaning and tidying on Saturday.  I made the decision to get rid of this wine tower that my parents won years ago.   It's not going far, because Nick is going to take it. 
Spencer went to his friend Julian's house for a sleepover on Saturday night.  Then he stayed all day to attend  Julian's birthday party.  He didn't come home on Sunday until 5:00 pm.   It was just enough time to take his last monthly picture at a 9 year old.  The next one will be on his 10th birthday.  WHAT?!