Although the kids are still out of school for the rest of the week, we are settling back into our old routines which means that I’m able to hit my priority #1 – getting enough sleep (once I’m able to do this, everything else follows so much more smoothly). I’m back at work – the quarter ends this biweek. Jeremy’s office is closed, but he’s working a bit and he’s decided to paint Vince’s room. He’s doing it by the book, all the steps, no shortcuts – washing the walls, taping and drop cloth-ing everything, patching up all the holes and priming. He even got himself coveralls and a painters hat. We’ll see how it goes!
Taylor Swift has abandoned Spotify and I must admit I couldn’t resist and I downloaded her whole album and I’m listening to it during work this week. Ha ha. Love it.
It’s been busy here at the Martin-Lee household. I’m all holiday-ed out. We did go out to dinner last night to celebrate my father’s birthday. Noel = born on Christmas. The young lady seated next to us was also celebrating her birthday and my father was hopeful that her name was Noelle, but alas, it was not.
We went to a Japanese steak house where they set oil on fire, flipped eggs into pockets and performed acrobatics with utensils. I was able to capture photos of some of my family members attempting to catch flying bits of food. It was amusing in just the right way, we all had fun.
Hey look! Jeremy’s wearing his Christmas vest again!
And here is my dad opening his FARTing card (which was selected by Vince) – lest you think I gave my dad a f*&*ing card as he mentioned in his blog post below. I can be crass, but giving my father a f(*&^ing birthday card on Christmas is not something I’m capable of doing.
Vince’s first Chinese essay:
I had promised Vince that I would look up a way to type in Chinese while he was at school on Tuesday and I found a few ways that were unsatisfactory. He came home from school and I told him I couldn’t figure out exactly how he could type his essay and he promptly went to youtube and typed in “how to type in chinese mac” and found a 3 minute tutorial and 5 minutes later he was typing this essay in MS word. I’m almost more impressed with that than the essay itself.
Jeremy’s work holiday party was Thursday night. He went to work in a demure olive green cardigan which covered up (you guessed it) his favorite Christmas vest.
These are the people dreaming up national fuels policy.
Look who is in town! Sue! I’m sure when we were 16, we talked about cute boys. Now we talk about kids, child care, real estate and aging parents. I got to hold a baby today. Sometimes babies like it when I hold them, but often they don’t like it (hmmm, maybe this doesn’t bode well for the peds nurse idea). Bradley didn’t like it very much when I held him. I showed him the most exciting part of Rockville – the kid section at the main library. Sue hadn’t yet been to the new library, we both remember the old library where we spent time going through the immense card catalog to do school papers.
I forgot that it was the first night of Hanukkah, I had to rummage around to find our menorah buried under all the Christmas stuff. We have a silver one which Bob and Katherine gave us many, many years ago. I gave it a quick polish and we lit the candles and said the blessing, but dinner was already made – BLTs. Oh well, I tried.
Winter concert tonight. Vince is in the 8th grade class because he’s taking Chinese which I guess is the same time as the 7th grade orchestra class.
Edda enjoying the concert in her way too small wheelchair. The repair people still haven’t answered our emails. Maybe Edda’ll be using this old wheelchair when she’s 17.
Edda fell asleep to the choral rendition of Maroon 5’s Maps.
After the concert, Vince worked the school store and sold Jeremy a Santa hat.
Post concert celebration at the local bubble tea place. And we are studying Chinese! A week and a half of study has pulled Vince’s grade from a C to B. Which is more than I can say for my Adult Health final which I got a C on! I don’t think I *ever* got a C on a final in college. (Grad school, another issue – I remember getting a 17 on a test. The math was getting really hard. So hard.) Nursing school is killing me. I know I have a ton of other stuff I’m doing, but really, I could have studied another week and not done much better. This is an example of a question: You have a patient with a stroke who is unconscious and unresponsive. He also has acid reflux. What do you assess frequently? I know all the things to do for a stroke patient. I know all the things you do for an acid reflux patient (you do too: Tums, don’t lie down after a meal and don’t eat spicy foods). But what the heck do you do for a patient with acid reflux AND stroke. I figured you’d ignore the acid reflux because you have a crap ton of other things to worry about. Ha, ha. No matter. This term is done! I’m done with going to school full-time and working full-time. I was really lucky to have pulled this term off – the stars aligned. Let the holidays begin.