Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Not Dead

I'm not dead, though a little hazy in the brain. After the great sickness that consumed this house for almost 4 weeks, I have not been able to successfully check back into the world.

I am presenting my master's research at a conference in a month, but I haven't opened that document (or put any thought into it) since the first week of January. I am supposed to be working on a paper with a professor, but that's also been on hold for about 6 weeks. My consulting project seems to have wrapped up, and my class is going very smoothly. My kid is healthy and happy, but our home is still a mess, never quite fully cleaned up from the time of quarantine.

I have attempted a social life again, and that has been a wonderful step back into the world. I atttend a fabulous Oscar party, with most of us wearing ball gowns and all of us being silly while eating divine food. We took a last-minute short trip to Atlanta to visit D's sister's family, which was quite fun (proving that perhaps the unplanned trips are the best kind). D and I have finally started watching Downton Abbey, which has made for some enjoyable nights cuddled together on the couch.

So, life returns. Life grows in my belly (I sorta forgot to make a post about that, but I'm 17 weeks along and looking huge). But life has not yet inspired me to be productive. Hoping that changes soon, or we're going to be living in filth and my conference presentation will be quite vapid. We'll see.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Deep Thoughts on R--::cough, hack, wheeze::

I haven't been sleeping, due to what has finally been diagnosed as RSV-and-pregnancy-induced asthma. It took three trips to Urgent Care, a round of steroids, an inhaler and a round of antibiotics to get us here, and now we've added breathing treatments, cough medicine and more steroids, yet I'm still not feeling better. I haven't slept more than 1.5 hours at a time since Saturday (or Friday?) night.

During these sleepness nights, I've worked out some wonderful blog posts, including thoughts on Valentine's Day, my kid's TV habits, my computer addiction and its affect on my parenting, male vs. female reactions to illness, the new Chipotle commercial and some thoughts on organic farming, and so much more. But I'm sorry, gentle readers, I just don't have enough energy or clear thoughts to put these posts together. All brain power has gone to trying to keep the house afloat and do enough of my teaching job to not forsake my students. Please just trust that I'm a brilliant and fascinating writer when I'm composing in my wheezy sleep.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Beauty Interrupts

I was planning to regale you all with the woeful story of how awful it is to be sick while caring for a sick kid. Sylvia has RSV with a particularly stubborn cough, and I seem to have the exact same thing. We haven't slept in two nights. She is not napping much. It's been a long few days.

But just as I was gearing up to go into detail about the sheer amount of mucus being secreted around here (who knew someone so small could produce SO MUCH SLIME) and how scary it is to watch your kid struggle through a coughing spell, something beautiful came around and interrupted things.

I watched this video (an Academy Award-nominated animated short; 15 totally worth-it minutes). And it transported me. And moved me. And made me appreciate all that is good. So I encourage you to do the same. Enjoy.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Word of the day: toddertia (toddler + inertia)

Pronuntiation: todd-er-sha

Definition: A toddler, moving in one direction, will continue moving enthusiastically in that direction until instructed to turn around and go back home, at which point s/he will suddenly lose the ability to move at all.
Most likely to happen when diapers are dirty, rain begins to fall, or the dog is being a pain.
No known cure (note: begging and reasoning have no effect).