Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Introducing Grumpy from the Planet Klingon

It happened. I guess it was going to. Paige got my cold. Last night she ran a fever of 100.8. I decided to take today off. I would rather miss 1 day of work than 2 when daycare calls me to pick her up. Good thing too. Her fever got up to 101.4 already. And that's with Motrin. I have decided that both Mommy and Paige being sick at the same time and stuck in the house together is NOT a good idea. Neither one of us has any patience. OK, like Paige does normally anyway. Mommy doesn't have any patience.

First, she's Grumpy. We're talking on the brink of a full blown melt down every second grumpy. The kind of grumpy that would normally get her sent to her room for not being nice. But I can't send her to her room if she's sick. Right? Good, because I haven't.

Next, she's clingy. Not just a little clingy either. I mean stuck to me like she's been gorilla glued to me. She's my very own Klingon. And she even has a temper like Worf. (It's OK, I know you probably won't get it.) In some ways it's nice that she wants her Mommy. Like when we sat on the couch for an hour reading books. But, other times, it's not so nice. Like when I was trying to fix lunch.

Here's what my house looks like sick. First, the bookshelf has been demolished. Normally this is where Paige's books are kept. It's within her reach so she can pick the book she wants us to read to her. Since it's in the living room, she always has her books there to read while snuggling on the couch before bed.
Mommy got out the big guns today: the butcher paper. If you haven't discovered this, it's WONDERFUL!!! I grew up in a family of butchers. We drew and played on it when we were kids. At Paige's birthday my uncle brought her a roll.

She had fun. It may not look like the house is trashed, but trust me, the house is trashed. I have Megablocks and a wagon in my kitchen. Her kitchen is all over my bedroom. I don't even want to discuss my kitchen table or the bathroom. She's not allowed in the bathroom. I'm not sure I want to know.

Mommy is just glad it's nap time.

Monday, February 18, 2008

My husband is so great!

I've been so sick! I came home from work early Saturday (gotta love tax season) and went straight to bed. My temperature got up to 101.5 before it started to break. I've hacked up both of my lungs and one I borrowed from the cat for good measure. I've had green stuff coming out of my nose. I've wiped my nose so much it's raw. I've been dizzy, nauseous, my head is stopped up.

While I spent the weekend in bed, Ronnie took care of Paige. He worked 6:30am to 9pm Wednesday, 6:30 am to 1am Thursday, then 6:30am to 5:30pm Friday. He was exhausted. He didn't complain though. They spent hours at the park. They drove the battery dead in her Dora Jeep. Did you know the pet store is the best place in the world? Yep. You can see fish, and pet kitties, bunnies, guinea pigs, gerbils and rats. Oh, and they have birds. We didn't like the dogs. He fixed breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, juice and milk. He did laundry and changed poopy diapers. He watched Sprout and colored. Did I mention they spent hours at the park?

I tried to go to work today. That lasted about 3 hours. Now I'm at home, relaxing, about to take another nap. Paige is at daycare. Ronnie is at work again. He so deserves something nice when I can breath through my nose again!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Virtual Waiting Room

What is a virtual waiting room you ask? It's a fun place to hang out. Two of my online friends went into labor Wednesday. One is in Texas (I think) and the other in California. We are all part of the same Mommy board. And if you're reading this, you're probably a member too! There were women from all over the US, Canada and Australia in this waiting room.

We had a good time. We hung out, played some cards, read old magazines, and got little work accomplished in my case. A third suggested all the running to the computer could put her into labor. I don't think I could have handled that much stress in one day. There were complaints about the cappuccino machine being broken, the Coke machine eating dollar bills. We still don't know who took the last Bugles from the vending machine. The bathrooms were too far away.

We had some good times. And some good results. One gave birth to a little girl. She doesn't have a name yet. Maybe tomorrow she'll have one. We just call her Daisy. The other one almost drove me nuts!! First, she didn't find out if it was a boy or a girl. Then she had the baby, and wouldn't tell us. We waited 9 months to find out, and those last 12 hours were the worst. It was a boy. He does have a name, a pretty cool one. Wanna find out? Go visit our Virtual Waiting Room.

Valentine's Day

No big fan fare here. We aren't big on the Hallmark holidays. We do so much for each other through the year, that we just don't go all out for Valentine's Day. Good thing too, Ronnie's working a double. Paige is down for the night, and I'm at the computer. I've watched several episodes of CSI on Spike TV, and have now switched over to Father of the Bride. It was a good remake.

Daycare had a party today. Paige took her little goody bags that Mommy made for her. I picked her up with a bag full of goodies. Mostly suckers, which she doesn't like. Guess Mommy will end up eating those for her. Shucks. Now it's time to start the Easter goody bags. Dollar Tree and Oriental Trading are my friends on these bags. A few of us from work will go in together to order from Oriental Trading. That way we get the good deals and can split everything between the kids.
I'm still trying to figure out the slideshow feature. I may have to ask someone to help me with it. I'm off work tomorrow so I may give it a try again.

Monday, February 4, 2008

It's Monday

Today was definitely a Monday. I didn't get a damn thing accomplished at work today. Everything I started, I couldn't finish. I spent about half my day on the phone with clients. I'm so glad I finally have a headset. A few weeks ago I refused to make another phone call until I got one. I had one that afternoon.

Ronnie called me today. They're having a blast. She played soccer with a Swiss Soccer Team yesterday in Cathedral (Jackson) Square. They filled her up with Swiss chocolates. She had beads down to her feet. Pretty impressive since she's almost 3 feet at age 2. People stopped them left and right. No one could believe he had a 2 year old out at Mardi Gras. They thought she was the cutest thing ever. Of course I agree! :) They went to Bacchus last night. She fell asleep half way through. People couldn't believe she slept through a parade. Tonight they're at a bar on St. Charles Ave. Yes, our 2 year old is at a bar in the French Quarter. It's not like that at all. Ronnie's dad and step mom get a balcony at the same bar every year. They have it kid friendly up there, and invited Ronnie and Paige to join them. It's prime viewing for Mardi Gras floats. I can't wait for them to get back so I can see some pictures!!!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

AAAHHHH, Freedom

Ronnie and Paige are in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. His restaurant is closed until Wednesday, so they'll be back sometime before that. I have to work Monday and Tuesday, so I didn't go. I'm supposed to be doing homework, and I will. But, I'm also enjoying my Mommy freedom.

Last night I had honey bbq wings for dinner in front of the computer. Bad Mommy! Then I had an hour long soak in the jacuzzi tub. I even cleaned out all of Paige's bath toys. Then I finished up the homework due last night, left the dirty dishes in the sink, and laid in bed to read.

This morning I slept til 8:45!!!! I haven't slept that late in about 2 years now. It was wonderful. I'm making cinnamon rolls for breakfast. My plan is to spend all day today doing the stuff I have to do, and tomorrow relaxing doing the things I like to do. Here's my list for today:

Tax homework
Organizational behavior homework
Clean the kitchen
Pick up Paige's toys
Iron clothes

That should take me most of the day today. I did at least start the organizational behavior homework last night. That's something, right?

Friday, February 1, 2008

Homework Sucks

I've finally decided to jump on the blogging bandwagon. Mainly so friends and family scattered across the country can keep up with our oh so exciting lives. OK, so they aren't so exciting. I'm not funny, don't have kids who do a lot of cool funny stuff, but I do have fun with my husband and daughter. When I see them that is. That brings me to the point of this post: HOMEWORK SUCKS!!!!!

I'm working on a bachelors degree in accounting. I graduate in May. May can't come soon enough. I'm doing online classes, which are tough. Most people think it's so easy since you don't have to go to class. I think it's harder because you don't have to go to class. There's so much homework to do, virtual classes to attend, people to work with that you've never met in real life. My poor husband is so neglected these days. He doesn't complain, but I know. He does all the cooking, a lot of the cleaning, does nightly baths with Paige, fixes her cup for the next day, all that great stuff. Oh, and he folds laundry. I hate to fold laundry!!

While he's doing all of this, I'm doing homework, or listening to chats, or chatting with classmates. The homework gets tougher and tougher the farther you get in classes, so it takes more and more help from classmates to get the project done. Don't get me started on group projects. Luckily, I've had the same ladies in my accounting groups for a while now. We work well together. My company changed my work schedule to 6a-5p Monday through Thursday so that I can have Friday off for homework. Today is Friday. I'm supposed to be doing homework. In my defense, I'm listening to a chat archive. :)