#1 - So this week has been a turbulent week in several respects. Busy just because it's time for parent/teacher conferences, and when one has seven children in grade school or higher, that means seven parent/teacher conferences to squeeze in. Plus several doctor appointments, which take up time (and always seem to be at rather inconvenient times!). In addition, Friday is the last day we have with our Busy Bee for at least a few months. She is going somewhere else for awhile to see if they can help her out. So we've spent the week dealing with a very melodramatic Bee--always exhausting. Its hard to see a kid go, but in this case, maybe they can help her in ways we can't?
#2 - The other complication of the week has been that our personal cell phone is dying. Its been having issues for awhile, but its been getting steadily worse and worse the last few weeks. I can't talk unless I use the speakerphone option (awkward if you're trying to have a personal conversation!), texting seems to be in and out, the camera no longer works, and lately its taken to turning itself on and off at random times! New one coming soon, hopefully, but in the meantime, good luck getting hold of us on that phone. Really it has done very well. It's an OLD phone, and has been chewed on, dropped, dunked in water, and toddlerized (similar to terrorized but occurs by toddlers) on a regular basis.
So I woke up this morning with the following advertisement streaming through my brain:
Who needs drugs? Simply get pregnant and you too can experience psychedelic dreamland without the addition of dangerous cocktails in your body. Technicolor, 3D, movie like experiences come featuring adventures like being on Survivor, turning into a shark and having to outlast and outwit the other sharks (or be eaten), getting kicked off survivor to be on preggo survivor (don't ask--I ran out of time on that one), or being a gangster and stealing items that you purchased from a souvenir shop, being chased over invisible bridges, shooting up Vienna, and getting lost on the moon.
Need to go to the bathroom? That's okay. Hit pause, you can get up, be awake for a good 15 minutes, and the second you go back to sleep you'll just jump back in where you left off!
Ah, pregnancy is fun.
#4 - I ran across this last night. Was trying to get through some shredding that has been piling up for longer than I will admit in writing, and so was catching up on my blog-reading at the same time. Found this fantastic recipe from food.com. Seriously great stuff. And the reviews are even better :)
#5 - Another challenge from this week has been Blueberry and nap time. Its taken her awhile to readjust to nap time after our vacation. Lots of protestations regarding having to take a nap at all (the problem being that if she doesn't take a nap she because rather beastly to deal with from about 5pm on). Finally seems to be settling back into the concept of taking a nap--to the point where she took a beautiful two hour nap yesterday afternoon. Parental bliss.
#6 - We are seriously putting some thought into getting Blueberry a Kindle for Christmas. Now, I know that on the surface this seems like a bit of an over the top present for a 2 year old; however, she LOVES my Kindle. We have games on there she enjoys playing (puzzles, number games, animals, coloring, you name it), as well as being able to download (in color) children's books for her to read through. Apparently Kindle is coming out with this new thing called FreeTime which is a way to lock and limit access time to the Kindle in general for kids. It also locks down internet access better than what is currently on my Kindle. Plus, it'd be nice to actually be able to use my own Kindle sometimes instead of hunting down where she's squirreled it away at this time! The whole trip to the UK, I brought one book. And a bunch of books on my Kindle. Problem--reading was hard when you can't get hold of your Kindle at airports, etc because it's keeping your tired and cranky kid quiet.
I've done some research into the cheaper kids options, but the problem that I immediately identified and have had confirmed by other people is that kids like the better quality, higher graphic, wider variety offered by something like a kindle than what is available through these "kid reader" type things. I like the idea that she has access to lots of books, without having to drag a huge bag of toys with us. And if the Kindle will just shut down after x amount of time, that will keep her from getting on there overly much as well. I don't know if we will, but its a thought. I can't fight the fact that my kid is a child of the 21st century. She "texts" on her play cell phone, she takes pictures and expects to see the immediate result, she's rapidly understanding computers and e-readers. It's a little frightening!
#7 - One of my APs sent me the following poster a few months ago, and I find I keep going back to it. For those who aren't introverts and want or need to understand how we work, read below. For those who are, take comfort--you aren't alone!