cifarelli: (Ember)
Today I was on the go constantly from 8:30 this morning until 5:00 tonight. Before that, really, as I was only home for a half-hour in between dropping Corwin off for school and leaving to take Ian and our neighbor's daughter to preschool just after 8:30. After I dropped off the preschoolers, I filled up the gas tank and stopped into HEB where I picked up the sour cream I forgot to get when I was grocery shopping yesterday. I had brought along a cooler to put it in, and good thing I did since I didn't get into the house again 'til just after 5:00 tonight.

Those two errands were mainly designed to kill time before my hair appointment at 10:00. My color is all touched up now, and should be looking good for the wedding we're going to this weekend. I finished at the hair salon at 11:30, and headed up to Market Street to check out the lingerie shops there -- I need a new longline strapless bra to go under the dress I'm planning to wear to the wedding. I struck out -- the lingerie shop I've been to in Market Street before is no longer there, and the one that is there didn't have what I wanted. So then I headed to the mall where I gobbled some fast food lunch, got new jeans and socks at The Gap, and then killed the last half hour I had wandering the mall looking for various odds and ends that I've been meaning to shop for. Tried another lingerie shop in the mall, but they also said they didn't carry longline bras, and I'd probably need to try David's Bridal (joy). I tried on a dress at NY&C (since a different dress would let me avoid the bra issue altogether) but ultimately decided it was a no-go. Then it was time to go pick up the preschoolers.

We had a 2:50 appointment for Corwin's well check this afternoon, so I rush-rush-rushed to get Ian from preschool in time to get Corwin from school early enough to get to the appointment on time. I was so focused on being quick that I left my purse at the preschool in my hurry, sitting in the spot where I put it down to wake Ian from his nap. We had to stop back by the preschool to pick it up in between getting Corwin and going to the doc. We managed to be <5 minutes late for the appointment, which turned out not to matter because WE DID NOT GET SEEN UNTIL ALMOST 4:30!! (The official explanation is that the doc was seeing 2 newborns with 105 degree fevers. Not good.) During the time we were waiting, though, I had nothing but my own wits with which to entertain Ian because I couldn't get in the house to get any toys for him during the brief time I was home after picking him up...because that's when I discovered I was missing my purse with my housekeys in it.

Corwin's well check went fine. He's 84% on weight and 94% on height these days. He's 48.5" tall -- half an inch shy of no longer needing to be in a car seat! Only other real news of note is that his vision check was 20/40, and the doc says that means it's time to get him to an eye doctor. We were expecting that one of these years, since Andrew & I are both very nearsighted, and I got glasses originally in the 2nd grade (Andrew says not 'til middle school for him). But it's slightly earlier than we really expected.

On top of the saga at the doctor's office, we got Corwin's GT test scores today and they were not as expected. They qualified him on a probationary basis for GT Language Arts, but not at all in math, science or social studies. He did poorly on the "nonverbal" test.....and I"m not even sure what that really tests. But a good score on that is required to qualify for GT in math, so his 97% score on the math test combined with the fact that my kindergartener understands the concepts of multiplication and division (!) counts for nothing. So I'm faced with figuring out now how to appeal this, and figuring out what the school is willing to do for my kid so that he doesn't continue wasting time and treading water as he has done this year. I was kinda counting on GT to help with that. Me being one who hates confrontation, this isn't a fun prospect. I'm hoping we can reach some sort of accommodation so that we don't have to move him to private school, simply because that rearranges so many of the plans I have for the next few years -- I'd have to go back to work full time, which would mean day care for Ian and me not being able to be a stay-at-home parent to support Corwin's private school education. On top of that, I suspect the odds of him being able to go to private school next year are rather low, as I think they do all their admissions stuff during the fall semester. I would of course research to confirm that before writing it off, though. Anyway, guess I'll be calling the school tomorrow and starting the process of having a discussion about all this.

Busy Day!

Feb. 28th, 2013 09:17 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I've had one of those days where I feel like I actually got a lot done, so now I feel compelled to list it for whatever few hardy souls are still reading things over here.

I
-took Corwin to school
-took Ian and our neighbor's daughter to preschool
-changed Ian's bedsheets
-started a load of laundry
-shredded a TON of old paper in our home office. Emptied out the 2nd box of old paper I've been hauling around since 2003, saved the 4 things in there that were important, and shredded the rest. Recycled the box.
-Vacuumed the office. It needed it. Badly.
-Picked up Ian and neighbor's daughter from preschool.
-Picked up Corwin from school.
-baked a loaf of zucchini bread for the playdate Ian & I are going to tomorrow. The 2nd half of the loaf will be for Corwin's birthday party Sunday afternoon.
-chopped veggies and chicken and got spices pre-measured for crock pot chicken soup tomorrow.
-cooked bacon & eggs & biscuits for dinner
-unloaded/loaded dishwasher twice and ran it once. Handwashed dishes once.
-folded & put away 2 loads of laundry that have been hanging out for a while
-moved the load I started this morning to the dryer and turned it on

Still to do before I sleep tonight:
-Handwash another load of dishes (mostly, the plastic mugs we're giving as party favors on Sunday. I need to deliver them to The Little Gym tomorrow, and they need to be washed before the kids use them.)
-Make Corwin's lunch for tomorrow.

Tomorrow Ian & I have a playdate in the morning, and then we need to go by The Little Gym to drop off the plates, napkins, and party favors for Corwin's party on Sunday. I'll make the crock pot chicken soup for dinner tomorrow, so aside from throwing everything in the crock pot and turning it on, all I'll need to do for dinner is cook some noodles to put in the soup at the end. Sometime tomorrow (not sure if it will be during Ian's nap or after I pick up Corwin) I need to bake a batch of Spritz cookies for Corwin's party on Sunday as well. And of course there will be all the associated dishes to do, and laundry (unrelated to cookies!) as well.
cifarelli: (Ember)
It's been a long time since I tried anything so esoteric as posting a photo to Livejournal. Let's see how this turns out!

I did remember to put it behind a cut! )

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
cifarelli: (Ember)
I'm at work this afternoon, but since it's the last day of finals for the semester, we're not very busy. Most of the questions we're getting are of the "Where do I return my books?" variety; nothing very challenging. We did have one Ask A Librarian email question this morning asking how to find a particular kind of psychology article, and that caused us to do a double-take: "Really?! It's 8:30 on the morning of the last day of finals and you haven't even found your ARTICLE yet?!" Ah, well, it's their problem. We did answer the question, of course.

This got very long! )
cifarelli: (Ember)
I had an eventful day today.

On my way to work this morning, on the ramp from 610E to 59S, I came around a curve to see a car, facing me, up against the sidewall and partially blocking the left lane. One rear corner of the car was smashed into the wall, and there was debris scattered on the ground. No emergency vehicles were present, and I was going fast enough and startled enough that I didn't notice if there was anyone in the car or not. It took me a minute or so to process what I'd seen, and I ended up calling 911 to report the vehicle once I got to work (about 5-10 mins later). Even if there was no one in it, it needed to be moved since it was blocking a lane of traffic. Ever since, I've been trying to decide whether I should feel guilty about not pulling over and calling immediately once I was off the ramp.

I got a missed call a couple of minutes later from an unknown number while I was walking up to the library; I tried to return the call but it just rang and no one picked up. Then a couple minutes later, another missed call from the same number -- and it seems that my phone was failing to vibrate even though I double-checked that's how it was set. I tried calling it back again, but it still just rang and no answer. So I googled the number, and it looks like it belonged to HPD. The page I found featured many folks describing experiences just like the one I was having (callback after a 911 call, no answer if they tried calling the number back). So I stopped worrying about it, and about 20 mins later had yet another missed call from the same number, even though I had been sitting RIGHT NEXT to my phone the entire time and am absolutely certain it never vibrated. (Unfortunately, leaving the ringer on in the library is a big no-no.) So not sure what's up with my phone, and I haven't heard anything further about the car.

After that, I worked. The library was crazy busy, since it's two weeks before the end of the semester. And there was a jackhammer going outside for much of the time I was there. That didn't help things any.

After work, I headed over to the housewarming of newlyweds Melody & Griffin. It's been a while since I've gotten to catch up with them, so it was nice to chat and see their new house.

Then I drove home, had dinner with the family, and then built a small Christmas Lego set with Corwin. Ian really wanted to help, too, which resulted in lots of fussing when it came time to actually build with the pieces he'd been playing around with. We got our two Christmas trees up and decorated yesterday (not a huge feat, as we have a 4-footer and a 2-footer), and got the garland on the stair railings and the stockings hung. Now I just need to clean off enough horizontal surfaces to get the rest of our decorations up!
cifarelli: (Ember)
I totally fell off the National Blog Posting Month bandwagon. I keep thinking about writing a long catch-up post, but now I can't remember what all I even wanted to write. *sigh*

I am trying to get a handle on cleaning my house, but somehow there is never enough time and when I do get a little while to work on it, I do nothing more than scratch the surface. And then the kids come home and mess up what little progress I made. I got a reasonable amount of vacuuming done yesterday, but tomorrow I'm volunteering at the library at the elementary school again for a couple of hours before I pick up Ian from preschool, so I won't have much time to make any more progress. I vacuumed the living room (main floor anyway; I didn't move all the toys to do that area) but didn't have time to dust under the couch where the dust bunnies collect -- so now there are dust bunnies all in the middle of the floor again. Something about the way the kids play blows them out from underneath. And as usual, I do dishes and laundry. Some days, I feel like dishes, laundry, meals, and driving are all I get done. And then I do it all again the next day.

Since I can't think of what all I wanted to ramble about any more, I'm gonna go make the boys' lunches for tomorrow and get to bed. Should have done that a while ago. Instead, I was watching the mid-season finale of Revolution -- I'm all caught up on that one now. Only another FOUR MONTHS until March for it to pick back up again! I'm sure I'll have forgotten all about the helicopters by then. :P

I wish the TV I was interested in was more kid-friendly, so I wouldn't have to save it all 'til after the kids are in bed. Ultimately, though, it's better this way -- less tv-watching for them. And me, too.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today I took Ian to his class at The Little Gym, and then aired up my tires afterwards. They were all low, so I'm thinking it's just the temperature change. If the pressure sensor goes off again anytime soon, then I'll worry more specifically about it.

Came home, did a load of laundry and put away two loads of laundry. I've had one hanging out in the guest bedroom for two or three days now because I'd been avoiding it. I also washed (by itself) the shirt I tie-dyed for Corwin yesterday. (He was more interested in playing with the sidewalk chalk than dyeing his shirt, so I had him pick the colors for his shirt and then let him go do what he wanted.) It came out nicely I think, and Corwin is happy with it, too, so happiness all around.

Bacon & eggs & biscuits for dinner again tonight. I'd intended to do a crock pot meal, but forgot about it until it was too late.

Tomorrow morning Corwin runs his laps for the Boosterthon Fun Run fundraiser they're doing. I won't get to be there to cheer for him because they're scheduled to run at 8:30, and that's right when I start loading up the car to take Ian & Lera to preschool. Ian has his Thanksgiving Feast at preschool tomorrow, but there's nothing in particular I need to do for that, aside from send the fruit tray I signed up for. And I don't have to make him a lunch, which is nice. Apparently Ian actually eats when they have special meals like this at school -- Corwin never did, so I always had to send him a lunch anyway.

I'm planning to take the car in for an oil change/maintenance and get it washed tomorrow, before we drive it to Austin next week.

I watched this week's episode of Revolution this evening. I enjoyed some of the deadpan dialog between Miles and Strausser in the woods. :)

And now, off to shower and bed. :)

Busy Day!

Nov. 13th, 2012 09:55 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today was busy!

I took Corwin to school as usual, after getting a load of laundry started.

Then I left the house again about 8:45 to take Ian & our next-door neighbor Lera to preschool. From there I stopped by Kroger in search of Nestle Tollhouse Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels (since I couldn't find them at HEB yesterday). I failed to find them at Kroger either. There was a recipe for "Magic Mint Chocolate Bark" using these in the coupon section of the Sunday paper a week ago, and it sounded really good, so I'm disappointed that I can't find these anywhere. :( Then I stopped in at the post office to post a letter via certified mail, and from there I headed to the dentist. My teeth were cleaned, it was refreshing to not have any children in tow (Ian was a terror at my last appointment 6 months ago), and no problems with my teeth were found. All in all, a good visit. :)

As I left the dentist's office, the tire pressure light came on in my car. I stopped at the $3.08/gallon Shell station at Louetta & I-45 for gas, but didn't have time to hunt for an air machine because I was running a tight schedule. From there, I headed home, where I switched out laundry and gobbled lunch. I was home for 20-25 minutes, and then went back out to volunteer in the library at the elementary school. I was there for almost 2 hours, until it was time to go pick up Ian & Lera from preschool. I've actually been up at the school library enough now that I'm starting to get familiar with where the picture books are shelved and can help kids find particular series that they're looking for -- Biscuit, Clifford, Curious George, etc. It's kinda nice. :)

Once I got home with Ian, I actually had an hour or so of breathing room, because Corwin has Destination Imagination after school on Tuesdays and I didn't have to pick him up 'til 4:00. I'm trying to get serious about potty training with Ian, though, so I've been taking him to sit on the potty frequently. So far, he rarely does anything in it, but I'm hoping that familiarity will breed comfort and he'll get used to the idea soon. After we picked up Corwin, we went to a "tie-dye party" that was organized by one of the moms I see regularly when taking Corwin to/from school. The kids all got t-shirts that they're supposed to wear for their Boosterthon Fun Run on Thursday, and they were supposed to tie-dye them or otherwise decorate them in some way before Thursday. It was really awesome of the mom to organize this, as it's certainly not something I would have gotten done if we were left to our own devices. We got home for the day a little after 4:30, and then it was time for the unpacking of backpacks, doing of homework, etc. And of course, the cooking of dinner.

And I said I was tired and ready to go to bed an hour ago. And here it is an hour later and I'm still up and still have Corwin's lunch to make for tomorrow. And I still have the tire pressure light to deal with tomorrow as well -- I'm assuming it's just related to the cooler temperatures outside, and nothing urgent. Here's hoping I'm right. Now, I'm going to end this post here and go take care of Corwin's lunch and see about getting some sleep. Good night, all!
cifarelli: (Ember)
And I skipped another day yesterday. I'm about to run off to shower and go to bed tonight, too. I still have lingering drainage and cough from whatever-this-is that I came down with, and it's getting old. I've been trying to get to bed at a decent hour to get 8+ hours of sleep at night, both to help me be more functional during the day and to help my body kick this.

Our printer died a few weeks ago. Just plain refused to turn on, no matter what we did. Yes, we checked the power cord. Multiple times. Even unplugged it for a while and then plugged it back in to see if that would reset anything. Googling indicated that either the power supply, motherboard, or print head were likely dead. Determining which of these is the problem would require disassembling the entire printer (which I could do with instructions I found on the internet), but I have no reliable way to then test the various pieces to determine which was the problem, nor do I know how difficult it would be to get replacement parts. Since the printer is about 5 1/2 years old, I have opted for the "easy" route of just buying a new one. Tonight, I did research, and ended up picking the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus. It was fairly highly ranked in the most recent Consumer Reports, and got decent reviews online. The highest ranked Canon was reviled in online reviews for chugging ink, and the second-highest ranked (a Lexmark) had no easily findable online reviews. We've had a Canon for the last 5 years, but I'd always had HPs before that. Guess I'll find out if HP is still worthwhile now. :)

Idle observation: 5 years ago when I bought our Canon, I had to go out of my way and spend extra money to get an all-in-one with fax capability. It was pretty uncommon. Now that I no longer have a phone line and thus have no need for fax capability, all the machines seem to have it. I'd have to try pretty hard to get one without, and the printers without fax capability also seem to be lacking in other areas, too. *sigh*

Day 7

Nov. 10th, 2012 01:34 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I skipped posting Day 6 yesterday. Bad me!

Yesterday, Corwin's school had a Storybook Parade, where all the kids dressed in a costume and carried a book that their costume was from. Corwin went as the "stalking and lurking adventurous cat," Slinky Malinki. Essentially, this means he wore the black cat costume that Ian wore for Halloween -- and Ian put up such a fuss about Corwin wearing the cat ears that I had to go dig out some old Cheetah ears I still have from a costume I wore in college for Ian to wear.

Ian was quite the sight yesterday -- he was wearing a Cars shirt that is really a pajama top of Corwin's. It was size 6 when I bought it last year, but has shrunk so much that it now fits Ian, who normally wears 2T these days, just fine. And the cheetah ears. I took some pictures on my ipod, but I haven't bothered to try transferring them to the computer yet to see if they're worth posting. Maybe tonight.

Since it was just Ian and me who needed to get up to the school yesterday morning for the parade, we went on the bike. That was a good decision both logistically (avoided the whole trying to find a parking place in the street and cajoling Ian to walk instead of staring at trees, bugs, and cracks in the sidewalk) and in that it got me a little bit of exercise. :) I haven't been doing too well with my exercise regimen lately. Motivation has been lacking, and being sick this week hasn't helped.

I went to bed at 10:15 last night, which is late compared to what I had been doing this week (9-9:30ish). Fell asleep just fine, but then spent a couple hours awake in the middle of the night coughing. I contemplated just getting up, but I really wanted the sleep. I finally found a position on my stomach that alleviated the coughing...and then Ian started coughing. Fortunately, he didn't cough for long and I was able to fall back asleep after that. Ready for my family to be healthy again!

Today I'm at work all day, so doubtful there'll be much of interest for me to post about tonight. But you never can tell!

Day 5

Nov. 8th, 2012 08:44 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today I definitely would not be posting, were it not for this National Blog Posting Month thing. I don't think I really did much of interest. Here's the list, in bullet points:

- Took kids to school
- Got everything set up to cancel our current alarm monitoring contract and switch to a new company that will monitor us for less than half of what we're currently paying. I thought it was "too-good-to-be-true" but the new company has gotten lots of good reviews on our neighborhood message board, and they do have some upfront start-up costs that we did not have with the previous company. However, they'll pay for themselves in about 6 months, and there's no contract with the new company so we can always switch back if they turn out to be not as good as advertised. This is a change I've been wanting to try ever since this time last year when I first heard good things about the new company, but we still had a year left of our 3-year-contract with the current company.
- Did dishes and two loads of laundry
- Showered
- Picked up kids from school
- Helped Corwin with homework and practiced his spelling words
- Fixed dinner (bacon & eggs & biscuits! enjoyed by all!)
- Took Corwin to Family Night at the Book Fair at his school, where we bought a bunch of books. It was nice to have a little one-on-one time with him, too.

And I think that about sums it up. NOT an overly exciting day. Given that I'm still a bit sick, that's a good thing.

Day 4

Nov. 7th, 2012 08:12 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
....and nothing much to post today.

Obama has been re-elected for another 4 years as President of the United States. I shouldn't be, but still am, amazed by the amount of vitriol I have heard spewed today on this topic. I actually wished I hadn't picked Corwin up from school as a walker today, because some of the other moms' conversation while we were standing at the corner waiting for the kids disgusted me. They couldn't find a single nice thing to say, and managed to make me feel dirty for even being there. I briefly debated saying something, but decided nothing good would come of it and just stood by with my mouth shut. I've been lumped in with other Obama supporters and called a "blind idiot" on Facebook. I will admit to not understanding how Romney's supporters can think the way they do, but I don't talk about them using language like that. It really is hurtful, even when not aimed at me, individually, and even when it's just overheard.

I really, really hate that our country has gotten so polarized.

I'm still sick -- scratchy throat all day (mitigated somewhat by regular doses of Tylenol), hoarse voice, and I'm starting to have a "productive" cough. I seem to have mostly missed the usual "congestion" part of whatever-this-cold-is, though, so we'll have to see if my luck holds on that front. I picked up Corwin's antibiotic today and got him started on that tonight. And he got a (sorely needed) haircut this afternoon, too.

Ian has well and truly discovered the word "no." Tonight he was adamant that he did NOT want a rag in bed with him, but then as soon as I left the room without giving him one, he started fussing about how he wanted a rag. That was over half an hour ago, and he's still fussing. Ugh.

Day 3

Nov. 6th, 2012 08:06 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today is Election Day. Hopefully by later tonight the wait will be over. Fingers crossed for the outcome I prefer! :) Andrew & I voted last week on Thursday, so it's been pretty anticlimactic since then.

Today, I am sick. Drainy with a scratchy throat. And unenergetic this evening. I really feel like watching some mindless TV, but the only shows I have been following lately are Bones and Revolution (both via Hulu). Unfortunately, I watched the latest ep of Revolution this afternoon, and the latest ep of Bones is currently only on Hulu Plus; I'll have to wait 'til next week for it to be free. Revolution is....hard to watch. It's both very violent and very emotionally wrenching. And the science feels 'off,' too, though I'm hoping ultimately they'll be able to explain that. Since I'm not an electrical engineer or anyone else who knows the intricate details of how it all works in the real world, it's not TOO terribly hard to suspend disbelief. Though I'd still like to know why there are no alternative energy sources in use (steam, diesel, etc.). For some reason, in spite all of the above, I'm hooked. Guess I want to know what happens. And Billy Burke (Miles) is pretty easy on the eyes, too. :)

I took Corwin to the doctor after school today. He has a sinus infection, so gets a round of antibiotics. I'll pick those up tomorrow; we had gymnastics after the doc appointment today, and both boys were pretty much "out of control" all afternoon. No way sick, run-down me was spending extra time sitting in rush hour traffic to then drag them into the grocery store to pick up a prescription. Ugh.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today had been lovely, right up 'til the point where I realized about 4:30 that I had a scratchy throat. I've even been feeling energetic enough that I was going to try to go to my exercise class tonight, but now I'm not sure if I'm really up for it.

Ian and I did the grocery shopping this morning. The grocery store has Christmas trees, garlands, and wreaths up all over the place already. It's November 5, for crying out loud!

This afternoon, Corwin had his first Destination Imagination meeting after school today, so I didn't have to pick him up 'til 4:00 (as opposed to the usual 3:05). That was lovely for me, because Ian slept all the way up 'til 3:45. I literally heard him make a noise a few seconds before my phone alarm to remind me to pick up Corwin went off. I used naptime today to work on building my Lego Vampyre Hearse and got almost all the way done with it; just a little bit more to go. Hopefully I can knock it out this evening.

Corwin was really excited when I picked him up after his meeting, and he said he'd had a lot of fun. Destination Imagination is supposed to help the kids work on their creativity and problem solving skills. DI for K-2nd grade isn't competitive, but the kids get a project to work on and they'll do an "exhibition" sometime in the spring. Corwin said today they made up a story about Roy G Biv's birthday party, and that over the next few months they're going to be putting together a play that they'll perform for the exhibition.

The downside came when I was picking Corwin up, and the parent leaders of Corwin's team told me they were going to be meeting on Tuesdays from here on out. Corwin has gymnastics at 4:15 on Tuesdays, and we won't be able to get there on time if he's at school until 4:00 for DI. Not to mention having two extracurriculars crammed into one afternoon sounds like a recipe for an overtired kid. And on the personal inconvenience side -- Tuesday is preschool day for Ian, and I pick him up at 2:00. Ian has his nap (such as it is) at preschool on that day, so he'll lose the opportunity to sleep late (and I'll lose the extra quiet time). Ah well. I'll need to look into whether there's another gymnastics class Corwin can switch into; we may end up just switching back to the 4:30 karate class on Mondays that Corwin was in last year.

Okay, I need to run off and give Ian a bath now and start herding the kids in the general direction of bed. Cross your fingers that my scratchy throat is just a fluke and I'll be feeling better tomorrow!
cifarelli: (Ember)
So this month is National Blog Posting Month, in addition to being National Novel Writing Month. No, I'm not going to write the abbreviations. For some reason, they really bug me. I can't really explain why, but it's my blog and therefore I don't have to write them. :)

I'm getting a bit of a late start, but I think I'm going to try to participate in the Blog Posting -- write a blog post each day for the month of November. I've been neglecting this, my blog, a lot lately, posting once or twice in a given month most times. The most likely reason is Facebook -- the ease of typing up a short couple of sentences whenever the mood strikes me takes less time and effort than writing an actual blog post. Add onto that that almost no one reads on LJ any more, and motivation is low. But I don't keep a blog just for other people -- it's also a record for me of the goings-on in my life, so I shouldn't let a lack of readers stop me. :)

Today is the first day of "Daylight Wasting Time" (as a friend on Facebook amusingly put it) and I'm at work this afternoon. The time change means it will likely be dark when I leave here at 6:00 today -- not something I'm a huge fan of. I'd rather stick with "Daylight Savings Time" and have more sunlight in the evening. I'm not doing anything but shuttling kids to school in the morning -- I don't need super-early daylight for that! Losing the daylight early also seems to affect my motivation to get things done -- once it's dark, I have no desire to venture out of the house, and I have low energy for being productive at home, either. I sometimes wonder if I have a touch of SAD, though I'm sure it's not enough for an actual diagnosis.

Today's theme at work: PowerPoint assistance. They all need it. Ugh.
cifarelli: (Ember)
So I've managed to go almost two months without a post here. Bad me! They've been a busy couple of months, so I'll see how much of it I can recap.

It was rude of me not to have put this behind a cut in the first place. LONG! )

I'm sure there's more I could ramble about, but I have an Ask-A-Librarian question to answer, and I'm sure I've rambled here for more than long enough.

Today

Aug. 26th, 2012 09:11 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Yesterday was "Shop for Corwin" day, which meant that in the morning we made a family trek down to IKEA to pick up a shelving unit to go in Corwin's room, and in the afternoon Corwin and I went shopping just the two of us for shorts, pants, and t-shirts for school, since many of his size 5 clothes are starting to look small. Those two tasks pretty much ate our Saturday.

Today, I had an overly ambitious agenda:

-move the toy bins out of Corwin's room
-vacuum Corwin's room
-assemble the bookshelf and associated storage drawers in Corwin's room
-re-organize Corwin's room a bit -- move all his books off his nightstand onto the shelves, move his clock onto his nightstand and get his new lamp (it's blue! with stars! that glow in the dark!) set up on the nightstand as well. Move toys from the bins that he wants to keep in his room into the drawers in the shelving unit.
-Take the tags off all the clothes we bought yesterday and do two loads of laundry to get all the new stuff (plus whatever else is dirty) clean for the week.
-Make waffles for one meal today, so that we have leftovers for first-day-of-school breakfast tomorrow.
-Maintain a state of cleanliness in the kitchen and breakfast room.

It turns out that the shelving unit did not come with the anchors required to anchor it to the wall, so a mid-day trip to Home Depot was required to acquire a stud finder and anchors. That set us back a bit. We got the shelving unit assembled and one of the sets of drawers. Still have a second set of drawers plus 4 "storage cubes" to assemble. I got started on the laundry but did not finish it. Got the lamp set up on the nightstand, but did not get the clock moved due to the plug being behind Corwin's bed and still having childproofing plugs in it....that are hard to pry out when you have no leverage. I did the one for the lamp and that was all I was up for for this evening. The storage bins are currently plopped in the hallway -- all those toys still need to be sorted through, with the bins ideally being relocated to the living room to allow us to contain some of the toy clutter out there. I vacuumed Corwin's room before Andrew assembled the shelving, so that the floor space and baseboard where the storage bins had been would be clean before we put the new shelving in place, but his room needs another good vacuuming now that everything is set up -- the assembly process left a bit of detritus behind, plus I fished a lot of dust out from behind his nightstand when I moved it to set up the lamp and found a bunch of books had fallen behind it.

I did get the waffles cooked, though, so there will be yummy breakfast tomorrow! :)
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Yesterday, August 4, was Andrew's and my 11th wedding anniversary. We're in the double-digits now, folks! :)

My parents came to visit for the weekend. The visit was actually planned before we found out Andrew was going to need to have surgery, but the timing worked out great. They were here to stay with Andrew and the boys while I worked yesterday, and then they were able to feed the boys dinner and get them put to bed while Andrew and I went out for the evening.

Our outing yesterday evening was looking a bit iffy, because I started to come down with a bit of a scratchy throat due to drainage on Friday, and it was not improving on Saturday. I was doing okay in the morning, but the throat kept bothering me more and more as the afternoon progressed while I was at work yesterday. Once I got home, I decided that we were going to go out even though I wasn't feeling great, because I was not so miserable as to be totally out of commission, and who knows when we'd next get another opportunity to go out together for fun and have it not get cancelled, since that's been the story of our life lately. *fingers crossed for Dragoncon at the end of the month!*

So we hit up Red Robin for dinner. Not quite our anniversary celebration restaurant of choice, but Andrew remembered them having a caesar chicken salad wrap on the menu that he liked and seemed likely to be reasonably low in fat. Well, it's been a long time since we last ate at a Red Robin -- the menu was different, the chicken caesar wrap was no longer on it, and they no longer use glass for their drinks -- my tea came in plastic. One of the things I really liked about Red Robin was that they have good tea, and it was served in glass. Oh well. Andrew tried a different chicken dish and said it was fine, and we treated ourselves to their ice cream pie at the end. Andrew was going to only eat a couple of bites, but ended up eating a fair bit more than that, and said he still felt fine afterward. So hopefully he'll have an easy transition back to more normal eating.

After dinner, we headed over to the home of our friends Tim & Jamie for Tim's birthday party. I had a lot of fun chatting with folks and playing Apples to Apples. Apparently I win that game a lot -- though I honestly have no recollection of this miraculous ability. But I really enjoy word play, and I did win last night. So *shrug*.

All in all, it was a fun night, and I'm glad we went out. Throat HURT when I got home, though, and I didn't sleep well last night because of it. But once I got up today and had some breakfast, it started to feel much better. Still scratchy, but not too bothersome, and I can still feel the drainage. I'm really not sure if this is a cold or just an allergy attack of some sort. I tried taking a Claritin this afternoon, but not sure it helped. I'm gonna try to get myself to bed around 10:30 tonight (so 20 mins from now) so that I can get a little extra sleep before I'm on my own with the kids all day tomorrow. And supposed to do grocery shopping -- we'll see if that gets done.

[ETA: And Ian has still not nursed. I'm declaring us done. He did ask once today, but I told him he hadn't nursed in almost 4 days, and he didn't need to start back up again. And he moved right along to something else and didn't even fuss at me about it.]
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I've spent all day today feeling like I might be getting sick. Scratchy throat that has come and gone throughout the day, and pressure behind my eyes for a while this afternoon as well. Hoping it's just allergies, or something mild that I can fight off, since I'm supposed to work tomorrow afternoon and then Andrew and I are supposed to go out to a friend's birthday party after I get home -- a night out *together* with other adults, for the first time in ages. My parents are coming for the weekend to be here with Andrew and the kids while I go to work (since Andrew's not yet supposed to lift Ian) and then babysit for the evening while we're out. Tomorrow is also our 11-year wedding anniversary. We were gonna go out to celebrate that on Sunday, but have decided to postpone those plans until Andrew is a bit more recovered from his gallbladder surgery.

I made pumpkin muffins this morning (with some "help" from the boys), and have so far eaten 3 of them today. They are yummy and I can't seem to stop eating them. Glad my parents are coming tomorrow to help eat 'em, since Ian and I are the only ones here who like them, and I have 2 dozen mini muffins and 1 dozen regular sized muffins (minus the 3 regular-sized ones I ate and the 2 mini-ones Ian has eaten).

I watched the first hour and a half of Olympic coverage tonight with Corwin, and it left me wondering if there were actually any Olympics today. :P The first half-hour appeared to be a Bela Karolyi retrospective, mostly focused on the 1996 women's gymnastics team. Then they showed a bit of women's volleyball, and then a reasonably long segment telling us what swimming events they are going to show at some unspecified point later in the evening. Then a cut back to more women's volleyball. After that was women's springboard diving, and then it was 8:30 and I put Corwin to bed. I've since turned the TV off in favor of computer time -- I think I may just be getting Olympic'ed out after watching each night this week so far.

Andrew's gone off to an RPG session at a friend's house this evening, so it's just me here with the kids tonight. Computer time, then shower, then reading and/or bed sounds like my agenda for the rest of the night, I think. There are some towels in the dryer that I'll have to put away before I can take my shower, too. Yay for housework. :P

[ETA: Also, today makes 2 days in a row that Ian did not nurse. I wonder if that means we're done.]
cifarelli: (Ember)
Tired. Should go to bed instead of writing this. I've been exhausted the last few nights. It's a combinations of a couple of things:

1) being responsible for 95% of the parenting responsibilities; Andrew is picking up some slack now, but I still have to do everything that involves lifting and/or possibly getting hit in the stomach, in addition to being a SAHM.

2) Staying up to watch the Olympic coverage until it is over at 11, and then staying up for another hour to get some computer time in before bed. I need either a DVR (not worthwhile as this is seriously the first time I've ever really truly wished I had one) or my computer in the living room (also, not really doable). Usually I hit the sack around 11, earlier if I'm tired.

Andrew has gone back to work this week, and his recovery seems to be proceeding apace. I'm ready for him to be able to lift again, but really -- I'd rather he take the time to heal.

Corwin had a playdate this afternoon with a boy from his preschool class, Sean. We ran into Sean and his mom at the pool a few weeks ago; she got my number but I did not get hers due to not having my phone or pen & paper with me that day. She finally called me last weekend. The playdate today was at Sean's dad's house (they're divorced, and he's home right now due to being between jobs -- he starts a new one on Monday), and it sounded like it went well. At any rate, Corwin got himself invited back tomorrow. Having a couple hours kid-free while Ian was napping this afternoon was nice; I'll take it again tomorrow. Need to try to have Sean over here next week though, to keep up with the whole reciprocation thing. I really wish his mom had called me sooner.

Okay, tired. Bed.

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