You need to stop reading this right now. There is a plague in our house, and I don’t want you to catch it!!!
Last week, with Jack starting school and a new daycare, I thought to myself, “self, you should probably make some elderberry syrup because Jack will be thrown in to the germ cesspool”. And then I didn’t.
Not sure if it would have made much of a difference, since it was Troy who brought home the sickness this time! He started getting sick on Monday, went to work on Tuesday, and was promptly sent home. Honestly, I don’t think it was “sending home” sickness, but when you work with all men, they enable the “man cold” mentality. If he had worked with all women, they probably would have said “and so….”? when he was announced he was ill.
Jack caught it on Tuesday or Wednesday, and was sent home from kindergarten with about one hour left in the school day. He went to the nurse and announced “I have the flu”. I blame Troy’s influence on that. It’s a freaking cold.
Yesterday, I started coming down with a little something, and woke up this morning with some intense sinus pain. Neither Troy or Jack have that as a symptom, so I’m thinking I’m just lucky enough to also be sick at the same time. Let me tell you who has rallied and still been able to do stuff around the house…I’ll give you a hint, it doesn’t rhyme with “Roy”.
Speaking of kindergarten, I officially have the naughty kid in the class. Ugh, I had hoped it wasn’t going to be the case, but it appears to be so. Jack got a five minute timeout on Wednesday, so I marched his pasty ass in to class on Thursday and he had to look his teacher in the eye and say “Mrs. x, I am sorry I made bad choices yesterday, but today I am going to make good choices”. And he did, but we’ll see how long that lasts!
Like all parents of sweet but crazy kids out there, I have fallen back on the world’s oldest behavior modification technique. I am now bribing him to not be a shithead at school.
If he comes home every day for the next week with a good report from his teacher, he can have one of those disgusting Horizon organic strawberry milks with popcorn dinner. If he comes home for the next MONTH with a daily good report from his teacher, he gets a juice box (something organic from Costco) every day in his lunch for an entire month. The idea of juice and one-time use packaging annoys me, but punky kids in kindergarten are also at the top of my hit list. It’s gonna be a “pick your battles” kind of year.
In non-naughty behavior, Jack is doing well on the academic side of school. He said the reading is “too easy” and that his teacher is trying to make it hard for him, but everything she throws at him is “simple Momma”. The math he brings home is stuff he was doing at 4 years old at his Montessori preschool.
This week we were visited by four very special members of our neighborhood: Momma peacock and her three new little babies. Dad is nowhere to be seen; asshole.
In the photo above, you can see what I mean when I’ve explained that our yards are terraced. The yard above us is about four feet up, but their fence makes it loom about eight feet over when the neighbors are talking to us (you can see their feet, because they’re watching the peacocks too).
Meal plan time! Reminder, I only plan dinners. My breakfast of choice is homemade Greek yogurt with tons of cut up fresh fruit (or fruit I froze in the summer), and a homemade granola bar crumbled on top. It’s delicious and keeps me completely full and satisfied until lunch. Lunches are always leftovers. We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.
Monday:: Turkey burgers, sliced cukes from my parent’s garden, cabbage salad, and fruit.
Tuesday:: I’m working another 12 hour shift…so Troy is making the boys pizza. I’d love to say they’re also having vegetables, but I’m no idiot.
Wednesday:: BLTA, spicy stir-fried green beans, and fruit. Yes, we’ve eating a lot of tomatoes in the past few weeks, but tomato season will soon be at a close, and we’re enjoying them while we can!
Thursday:: Cashew chicken, fried rice, lumpia, and fruit.
Friday:: Popcorn night!!!
Saturday:: smoked salmon frittata, some sort of vegetable, and fruit.
Sunday:: If we’re not still sick, we’ll be at my parent’s!
This week I spent: $50 at the grocery store, $20 at the local fruit stand (only open for another week, darnit!), $3.50 for raw milk at the farm, and a whopping $110 at Costco. That included a canister of coffee for church, and a honking bottle of vodka for vanilla extract. Side note about the vanilla extract, someone once told me that if you put the bottle in the window, it will “turn” sooner. I put it in a giant canning jar last month (to avoid my neighbors seeing a huge bottle of vodka in my kitchen…) and holy crap, it smells just like vanilla extract that I’ve steeped in my pantry for five months. It’s CRAZY!
What are you having this week?