Friday, February 20, 2015

Odds and more odds

Obviously can't get it together to tackle all the meaty issues I really want to discuss here, but our noon conference got cancelled so I'll throw out some bullets

  • My parents came for a few days earlier this month. They couldn't have come at a more perfect time, when we sincerely needed some help and distraction for the kids. It was also nice to spend time with them. I'm so grateful they are both still in relatively good health at 67 & 70 years of age.
  • We've figured out school (or, it was figured out for us) for B next year. I also put a deposit on after school care. Regardless of my concerns about this momentous transition, its nice to have it sorted. We also went to a meet & greet with parents/kids of next year's KG class and it was amazingly fun for adults and for B. Its a good group.
  • Buying plane tickets certainly upsets the budget! We bought 4 tickets to fly across the country (1 will be reimbursed, since its conference travel for me), 4 tickets to fly down south for our annual beach trip and 1 ticket to fly my MIL down next month for a visit, all in the past 5 weeks. Since I just started budgeting in January, I hadn't added anything to our "vacation" fund yet so its all a big mess.
  • Clothes shopping ban is easy peasy. Its too cold to wear anything "cute", but I do feel like I'm wearing half of the clothes I own all at the same time on any given day. 
  • e.g. Today I'm wearing 2 pairs of socks & snow boots, fleece lined tights under cords, a tunic under a sweater dress, and a scarf. and that is INDOORS because my office is ridiculous. But last time I asked them to make it warmer, I had to strip down to tank tops in the middle of winter, so I'm not sure what's worse.
  • My HIIT  coach is leaving for at least a few months (if not permanently). I was actually quite sad when he told me. He is a rare gem of a teacher that can motivate me to work out without annoying the ever loving crap out of me. I hope the new teachers aren't terrible enough to make me quit because I've never been stronger. 
  • Another cold/snowy/rainy weekend ahead. Must think of "anchor events" to prevent total despondence. 
  • L has wind burn on his little face. Its the saddest thing. "My cheeks are COLD FIRE"
  • Its like we're sleep training again, trying to get L to stay in his own bed over night. So far bribes are working the best, but he tends to forget and come upstairs and we have to get up in the cold cold and take him back down. We are tired. But the partial co-sleeping was making us more tired because he's gotten to be more noisy, grabby and annoying in his sleep and both parents were bleary-eyed and angry (its a special kind of exhausted irritability. sleepy angry. slangry? can we make that a thing?)
  • Pretty much every person north of the MDL says this every year around this time, but I really can't wait until Spring! After too many home-bound weekends, we start a whirlwind of activity mid-March: visit to sister, MIL visit--which will enable G & I a weekend away, our cross-country trip, and then few weeks later our (early this year because 3/4 cousins start KG in September) beach trip!

Whoo hoo, I managed a 10 minute blog post! 


  1. DC2 is doing that sleep thing, but mainly on cold nights. She kicks her covers off and wakes up and joins us. Then she kicks us a lot (which is the reason we had ended cosleeping in the first place). Then we take her back to her bed. Rinse, lather, repeat.

    1. yup. kicking, kneading, pinching, hair pulling, cold hands on belly & chest. loud thumb-sucking, muttering/talking in sleep. a million reasons he is better of in his bed with only his sleeps-through-a-fire-alarm brother in the room

    2. It's compounded by both DC2 and me having colds that it would be really nice to be able to sleep off...Maybe this weekend? Except she only seems to want to sleep in on weekdays!

  2. Slangry! Yes! I actually said to Tiny Boy "if you love me you will leave me alone and go to sleep." That worked. Once.

  3. The only thing that finally worked for us on ending the co-sleeping was providing a mattress on the floor of our room and saying "you are welcome to come sleep in our room but there is no room in the bed any more. Here is a little bed on the floor for you. it is all for you and it is cosy but if you stay in your own room you can have stickers for your sticker chart to earn a Baby Alive doll" We were woken by a couple of Middle of the night fracas between the 4year old & the dog when the 4 year old discovered the dog sleeping on her bed - but after 2 weeks she decided she was more comfy in her own bed and stopped waking us up. We had a regression when we moved house and I used the same approach but provided a very uncomfortable camping mat and a scratchy blanket... That was not appealing apparently and we are now only disturbed when she's clearly had a horrible nightmare. YMMV of course.

  4. Lots going on, but good stuff and a great 10 min post.

    Perhaps I'll get one in, too, since I'm failing miserable at blogging weekly as is one of the items on my 50b50.

  5. Why do you eat my comments blogger! Why!?

    Let's try again (a bullet point version):

    - I'm so glad you're parents were in town when you needed them! Hurrah!
    - I'm so sorry it's still so cold. Boo!
    - "My cheeks are COLD FIRE," Poor guy! (I might have to borrow that sometime though.)
    - I get you on the sleep training again thing. It's such a crap shoot what our nights will be like. It's driving me insane.

  6. Congrats on figuring out kindergarten, and that's wonderful that the meet and greet went well. It can be so stressful to figure out. We're hoping we made a good decision for next year too.