Thursday, December 29, 2011

Scenes from the Past Few Weeks

I attended my graduation ceremony on Dec. 22. My mom was here for it. My daughter was amused by my "silly hat." I sat between a woman in her forties who had just earned her master's in history (we compared notes on how much more focused we were as older students) and a woman from a Slavic country (didn't catch which one) who had just finished her MBA. We all wore different colored stoles around our necks, and we laughed that the color for finance and accounting degrees is "drab" (yup, the official name). One undergraduate decorated his hat with Christmas lights. A nursing grad wore a bridal veil under her hat. Oh, and I made the paper (no, I'm not an English professor).

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Christmas morning was entertaining. Sylvia had a red tricycle and an orange scooter waiting for her underneath the tree. She had to take both for rides around the house for a long while before seeking out other presents. She also had to take a break to go outside and blow bubbles, which I had taken away from her the night before. She finally figured out how Santa and presents worked the day of Christmas, so now we're having to explain that there won't be any more presents for a while. She responded by asking to celebrate her birthday.

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Sylvia has been a little bit sick for the past two weeks. D was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection right before Christmas and Sylvia and I had coughs and runny noses, but nothing too bad. She started coughing a lot at night, though, and after Sunday night, when she started crying, I took her to the doctor just in case. Yup, turns out she was just shy of pneumonia and needed breathing treatments. She also had a double ear infection. Meanwhile, she rode her new bike with gusto and was dancing in the doctor's office. My child feels no pain. This could be a problem.

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Sylvia has been jumping out of bed at night, turning into a crazed, hyper child with no interest in sleep. The only bonus is that she sleeps later. This morning, though, the dog's barking woke her up before 7am, and she was in tears. For the first time in her life, she cried for her daddy. I had to put them in bed together for a long snuggle. There are few things more adorable than a snuggled up daddy and toddler daughter. I adore those two.

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I am currently working on two freelance projects while my husband enjoys FOUR WEEKS OFF. I'm not complaining, though. Last night, hubby went to the bar with friends, and I had the house to myself to complete a writing assignment. It was peaceful. I used my brain. I worked silently, uninterrupted, for a couple of hours. I did not realize how much I had missed that.

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