–I’m very late in getting this up because two and a half days of migraines derailed my writing schedule. I have been getting life-halting migraines for years and they are so bad I’d do anything to be rid of them, up to and including injecting Botox into my scalp or even brain surgery. I don’t want to bore you with complaints about another health malady, but they are just as disruptive to my life as my other illness.
–Elias has entered an EXTREME HUGGING PHASE. He loves to give hugs and will take every opportunity hug his sister many many times a day. He hugs anyone within hugging distance, and if there is no one available to hug, he will hug inanimate objects, like our child safety sign. Earlier in the month he hugged our car after we returned to it from a shopping trip. I love this phase and hope it lasts as long as possible.
–Isobel’s back in school and with it comes the return of Isobel’s bentos!
–Elias asks for his sister several times a day while she is at school. The saddest was when he asked for her as I was loading him into the car on the first day of school. He couldn’t figure out why we were driving away without her.
–The other day Isobel inexplicably started singing WE’RE MOVING TO CANADAAAA!!! My first thought was, “What does she know that I don’t know??” Then she started singing, “WE ARE MOVING TO OUTER SPACE!!” so maybe she signed us up for Mars Colony. I wonder if that’s where she’ll stick us in our retirement.
–Anthony’s work schedule has been incredibly intense. He’s been working late almost every night for the past month, and he’s often had projects that needed his attention on the weekend. His company is rolling out some tech-heavy changes and he’s in charge of getting much of it done. The bright side is it won’t be forever, and he really loves what he’s doing. My health is improving, too, which makes his absence much easier to deal with on the practical side of things.
–I’m so used to using the cane that I sometimes get momentarily surprised when people ask me about it.
–Elias’ hair had grown so long and moppish that on Friday Anthony came home from work and said, “So when is Ringo getting a haircut?” Reader, you might remember the total nightmare that was the First Haircut Episode, or the subsequent times I’ve tried trimming it myself, only to devolve into Elias dropping to the ground and gator-rolling while screeching NOOOO MY HAAAIIIR, making the entire endeavor impossible. I even tried trimming it while he took one of his rare afternoon naps and he promptly woke up and started screaming NOOOOO MY HAAAAIIIR and I vowed right then and there to never do that to myself again. So when Anthony volunteered to take him for a trim on Saturday morning before we went to a birthday party, I was less than optimistic but I’d be drinking coffee in peace at home, so go for it, sweetie. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s grown and matured as a toddler, or if it’s because he saw Anthony get his hair cut first, but he had no trouble this time whatsoever, and when Anthony brought him home his cheeks were stained blue from a good boy sucker and his hair resembled the Beach Boys instead of the Beatles. I complained to Mom about how difficult the whole thing was for me and how easy it was Anthony and she comforted me by saying, “Well, I guess taking Elias for a haircut is going to be Dad’s job from now on then, isn’t it?”
–Our cousin Victoria turned 9 and just got her ears pierced. For her birthday Isobel decided to make her a pair of earrings from shrinky dinks for her birthday and they turned out so cute! It was all her, the idea, the execution, everything. I just helped her work the stove.
–After about six months I am finally, finally, finally off steroids. It always feels like such a Faustian bargain, equal parts good and bad, and I’m relived I don’t have to rely on it anymore.
–One of the best things about this summer has been all the wonderful adventures we’ve had with our cousins.
Snapshot 08.10.16. Crammin’ it all in there and renaming our neighbor’s cat.
urgent, late-breaking news I love few things as much as I love a really fat cat
Goats are as loving and clever as dogs, says smitten scientists I have known this in my heart to be true
Two things artists always have. Omg me right now and my life always
Pandyland: A random webcomic generator. Hilarious and unsafe
get you a girl who can do both. Heart eyes
Parents on an absurdly tight budget love Toys “4” Cheap, the #1 source for used, defective, and highly questionable playthings! Preorder this book by my hilarious friend Asterios
Scrapbook: School Trek. When Isobel started school I was on five different types of steroids to combat an allergic reaction (remember Hivegate??), and so I had superpowers and was well enough to walk her to school every day. Adventures ensued.
Recipe:Potluck Seasoned Rice & Vegetable Salad. In which I create a dish for a potluck that children will actually eat and their parents will enjoy.