As I suspected, yesterday’s headache was part of the mystery virus that seems to be toying with us. Only Parker has hurled, but there have been several complaints of headaches and a few stomachaches, and last night PerryBoy and Calvin both had fevers.
Poor Calvin is still miserable, but the rest of us are mostly better, some of us with ibuprofen in our bloodstreams and others without.
Yesterday Natalie made me a notebook, following the instructions in her book Paper Made!: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper. I let her decorate it with pages from a Calvin & Hobbes book that had been loved to death. She chose mom-themed strips for my cover. I love it so much I almost don’t want to write in it. Maybe I’ll save it for something special.
She hand-stitched the binding.
And made a flap to hold it closed.
Megan and I went on a grocery shopping trip late this morning. Our first stop: Chick-Fil-A, where I used a gift card I received last Christmas to treat her to a breakfast sandwich. We were supposed to share, but she ate too fast. I forgive you, Megan.
We got to Costco at 9:30, and I thought I had discovered the secret to avoiding Costco crowds. Yes, arriving 30 minutes before the store opens does tend to help with crowds, but it’s hard to get groceries that way.
We went to another store first, then came back and found the parking lot full, as usual. I think our city just needs another Costco.
In the afternoon, I took not one, but two kids out to celebrate completion of books. Rachael finished her first chapter book, and Perry finished his math book. They could have gone separately but thought it would be more fun to go together and share both treats.
Perry went for a doughnut, and surprised me by choosing a modestly sized one instead of the bear claws, apple fritters, cinnamon twists and other jumbo options that fell within the acceptable price range. I think it was the orange icing and sprinkles that got his attention. Rachael chose a half-price Cherry Limeade during Happy Hour to keep it around the $1 price point. Perry was duly impressed, and told her so. ”Whoa, that was a good idea!”
Remember when I said I hate having my picture taken? That’s because they usually look like this. Go ahead, shrink back in horror while chuckling nervously. I did.
Dinner tonight was a rotisserie chicken from Costco with homemade artisan bread, roasted green beans with garlic (not as good as they sound; they were tough and under-cooked), mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. The chicken bones are in the freezer, waiting for some onion peels and celery trimmings so I can make a pot of chicken stock.
If you’re wondering why I never mention dessert, it’s because three members of the family are fasting from sweets this month. We’re all eating much less sugar this month, partly out of courtesy and partly because one of the fasters is also our primary dessert cook.
After dinner, Perry and the older girls went to Krav. The six of us usually take turns, but I stayed home tonight to be with my sick little guy. To pass the time we did dishes, read several chapters of The Tale of Sandy Chipmunk, and sold some exercise equipment. Now my little sicko is sleeping peacefully in his playpen next to me, and I’m off to bed.
- Day 1: Neighborhood Night Out
- Day 2: In which the city hauls away our neighborhood’s tree trimmings
- Day 3: Impromptu date night
- Day 4: Pizza night
- Day 5: A nice relaxing weekend
- Day 6: The Sabbath
- Day 7: Monday says it all
- Day 8: Pork Satay
- Day 9: A trip to the movies!
- Day 10: Ballet and a new table
- Day 11: A few random photos, and we attend a bridal shower
- Day 12: Saturday
- Day 13: A day of worship and rest – and headaches?
- Day 14: an old-time Monday
- Day 15: Homeschool group
- Day 16: Mission accomplished
- Day 17: School, and One Year Anniversary
- Day 18: Pizza & Craigslist
- Day 19: The Potato Wedding
- Day 20: Salty Sunday
- Day 21: Today
- Day 22: Calvin’s first birthday!
- Day 23: Ice cream
- Day 24: Drawing en plen air at the McNay Art Museum
- Day 25: Craigslist, antique mall, wine and cheese party
- Day 26: Baby shower!
- Day 27: Sunday again
- Day 28: Headache