I am thinking... about the ridiculous request I have to make to the architectural board of our HOA to take down a few very small trees in our very wooded backyard. You don't even want to get me started about my fight with the arc board. I'll never shut up about it. Suffice it to say, we do not have a friendly relationship.
I am thankful for... a comfortable life.
From the kitchen... Girl Scout candy that arrived yesterday. I've been raiding the chocolate covered almonds regularly.
I am creating... a renovated laundry room - new tile, new paint, new appliances.
I am going... to paint the laundry room tomorrow.
I am reading... nothing right now, but since my last SWD post, I've readThe Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose - funny and fascinating, Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay - fun cupcake bakery murder mystery, The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult - total page turner, loved it, and Twilight: The Graphic Novel by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim - horrible to the point of being comical. I have to explain that last one. Elise has a "40 book challenge" at school which consists not just of reading 40 books, but reading books of different genres. She had to read a graphic novel, so she checked this out of the library. While we had it at home, I decided to read it. It was just as bad as you might imagine, possibly moreso.
I am hoping... that a physical therapist can help me with some issues I'm having with my hip.
I am hearing... quiet. Elise is the only one up besides me.
Around the house... grout, mortar, paint brushes, stepstools, buckets, etc.
One of my favorite things... cranberry sauce. I love the smell when I'm making it. I love the sound of the cranberries popping as it boils. I love the gorgeous dark pink color. I love it on turkey. I love it with stuffing. I love it in a peanut butter sandwich. I want to marry it.
A few plans for the rest of the week... watching some of Elise's jump rope teammates jumping in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and eating lots of turkey and cranberry sauce.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing... the kids were fighting and driving us crazy in the car yesterday, so we stopped at the corner, made them get out, and told them to run the rest of the way home. Yes, that's how we roll around here.
Outside my window... I need to bring in the Halloween decorations. It wasn't a high priority over the weekend with a house full of sick people.
I am thinking... that JC rocked the whole parenting thing this weekend. He took care of all the sick people (me included), and made the girls snake their own shower to pull out the nasty hair clogs. If they are going to clog it, they deserve to clean it! They were sufficiently disgusted.
I am thankful for... that we seem to be over the worst of the ridiculously contgious bug that swept through our house the past few days. Nina is still home from school today, but the other two are back at school.
From the kitchen... dirty dishes, Halloween candy, Halloween kitchen towels and placemats.
I am creating... a cleaner house today, I hope.
I am going... to Lysol wipe every inch of the house today. (and yes, "Lysol wipe" is totally a verb.)
I am hoping... that my friends' K and G's nephew has the strength, stamina, and will to get through what will be a very long, painful recovery from a truly horrible car accident. It is amazing he is alive, and I'm sure he'll go through rough times almost wishing that he hadn't made it. I hope he has the strength to pull through those times and look for the light at the end of the tunnel.
I am hearing... some awful tween TV show Nina is watching. Why don't kids today watch the Brady Bunch, Bewitched, or Cosby Show?
Around the house... too many sweets.
One of my favorite things... the cookies our friend R makes that JC brought home from a birthday party yesterday. They are unreal. I have no idea what her magic is, but her cookies are divine!
A few plans for the rest of the week... lots of jump rope this week. Elise is performing at half-time of an NCSU women's volleyball game on Thursday (televised ESPN3) and during half-time of both men's (televised ESPN3) and women's basketball games at Virginia Tech on Saturday. Fun stuff!
Here is a picture thought I am sharing... my favorite little cowgirl, Friday night at her school fall festival, and in her Halloween costume.
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Wednesday - Kid #1 started throwing up during the night.
Thursday (Halloween) - Kid #1 threw up again during the day.
Friday - Kid #2 threw up every 45-60 minutes for twelve hours straight.
Saturday - Parent #1 felt lousy all day and stayed in bed the entire day. Kid #2 continued to throw up.
Sunday - Kid #2 has been asleep for 19 hours. She shows no signs of waking up any time soon. Kid #3 just woke up saying her stomach hurts. Parent #1 seems to be feeling better. Parent #2 still seems unaffected, but I'm worried he may run away.
Ever have one of those days where nothing goes quite as planned? Halloween was that day for us this week.
Elise decided to dress as a heroine from young adult literature for the second year in a row. Last year, she was Katniss from the Hunger Games. This year, she was a Shadow Hunter from City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments series). Our Shadow Hunter had made plans to trick-or-treat in a friend's neighborhood and was all excited about that prospect; however, on Tuesday, she twisted her ankle at school. Her ankle was still bothering her a lot, so she decided she was better off staying close to home where she could easily head home at any point to rest her ankle.
Our teenage vampire had also made plans with friends that fell through. She and a friend had solidified trick or treating plans at school without talking to the other girl's mother. It turns out their family had plans with family friends, so Nina was stuck trick-or-treating with her sister instead. She was less than thrilled about that.
Our poor littlest cowgirl spent the day throwing up and lying on the floor of the bathroom. As she so aptly put it, "This is not my best day ever."
J.C. spent the day cleaning vomit off of our family room carpet and leather couch... definitely not his best day ever either.
I had plans to leave work early, pick up a jack-o-lantern pizza to bake from Papa Murphy's, and help the girls get ready. Instead, a customer issue cropped up late in the afternoon that required an "all hands on deck" approach at work. There was no way I was going to leave early, or even on time, for that matter.
J.C. left poor little Addie in the hands of her big sisters to go pick up the pizza. Usually Papa Murphy's fashions a stem out of pizza dough, so it looks more pumpkin like. This guy is just more of a smiley pizza than a real jack-o-lantern. At least it tasted good.
After dinner, the big girls took off with reminders to say thank you at each house and to cross the streets very carefully as they were pretty much invisible in all black.
At some point, the little cowgirl rallied and decided she could venture out. She couldn't stand the thought of missing out completely. I took her to about 5 houses, and then we came home. I was glad she felt up to at least a little trick-or-treating. She had been so excited about being a cowgirl.
Her sisters showed up hours later with plenty of loot to share. We certainly have no shortage of candy despite Addie's very abbreviated trip out.
This year definitely didn't rank up there with the best Halloweens ever, but we muddled through it. I hope your Halloween was full of shadow hunters, ghosts, vampires, princesses, healthy cowgirls, haunted houses, jack-o-lantern pizzas, and plenty of candy!