Wednesday Hodgepodge – Sick kids and ugh

1. What’s the last thing you did that could be described as ‘taxing’?

It’s awful but staying home with a sick kid. Dakota has been under the weather the last two days and though Ash and I have split each day, my shifts were indeed taxing. When she wasn’t sleeping, she was hot and whiny and not happy about anything. I felt like I was running around like a madwoman, trying to make the poor thing happy.

2. If you could plant a garden of anything, what would be in it?

I have often thought about planting a variety of vegetables and fruits but I don’t like seeing things not last and I am infamously bad at keeping plants alive. So if I did it, I’d need my kids involved or something; put an extra thing on the line.
3. April 10-16 is National Library Week…will you celebrate with a visit to your nearest library? When did you last make a trip to the library? What are you reading right now? What’s one title on your want-to-read list?

I haven’t gone to the library in a very long time. It might have been 2011. These days, I either buy online or just use my Kindle. In fact, a book came out yesterday that I am stoked to read. It’s pretty racy so I will no divulge but let’s say it is a romance!
4. Share a saying or an old wives tale you heard while growing up, you believed to be true or that you paid attention to ‘just in case’?

Ha! I guess the one I always tried to follow was not swimming close after eating for fear of drowning. Honestly, I doubt anyone ever experienced this one. I heard so many as a kid though and the ones that stuck with me were that bread crusts make your hair curly, carrots will help your eyesight, and that if you eat watermelon seeds, hey’ll grow in your stomach.

5. Are you a fan of onions? Garlic? Ginger? What’s a dish you love that contains one, two or all three items listed?

I like the flavor of onions but if you put them on my sandwich, I will send that right back. LOL. I think they’re ok sauteed but even Vidalias are too overpowering for me.

Garlic is good in small doses and only if everyone else ate it. Otherwise, I can smell it and I feel quite repulsed. I put some in my own spaghetti sauce and it does enhance the flavor well.

Ginger is great to go along with your sushi but I don’t really use it otherwise.
6.  Where does nurturing end and indulging begin? What are some skills or qualities you think a person needs to posses in order to be viewed as mature?

That’s a tough question to answer. I find so often parents my same age like to overindulge their children and they play it off as being a good parent. While I cannot tell you where that fine line ends, you need to use your common sense and think about how if you do something FOR your kid or GIVE them too much, what will the long-term affect be?

Maturity is also a matter of opinion. To me, a mature person knows when to let loose and be silly but when to be responsible, on time, smart.

7. What leading figure in any field would you like to hear speak, and why?

OK so not just because this man is ridiculously hot and you know, a rock god, I’d want to see Bruce Dickinson talk because he’s amazing. He wants something and he goes out and gets it. He wanted to be a world class fencer. So he did it. He wanted to be a pilot. So he learned how. He’s given quite a few keynote speeches when he was building his airline companies and he has so many smart things to say. I love the below video because he bashes Apple. Something he and I have in common!

Also, I would listen to him talk about paint drying so long as I could hear his voice. Le sigh.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Notes from the trenches: day three. Dakota is still sick, though slightly better today. We chose to keep her home again because her fever is still bordering on 100 and Friday is our half day. I do not want to risk not going to lunch and a movie. In some ways, it hasn’t been bad. She naps, we go to Publix. We blow bubbles and I putter around the house. I guess I could get used to being a part-time worker. LOL. That won’t be happening any time soon but it’s a nice idea.

That said, Ell has a baseball game that I am going to. He did really well Monday – reportedly. I didn’t go to that one since we’re now switching off taking. I hate that I missed his first hits and scores but eh, what can you do? I hope he plays well tonight. He’s a really good natural hitter but gets easily discouraged and sometimes, unlike a true athlete, he fails to turn his brain off and if he overthinks it, he just flops.

I teach in about 35 minutes and it’s basically the last time I will see these kids and be able to give them advice on anything. Next week they present their final projects and then it’s over. I am still not used to have early college semesters end compared to public school. We end on the 22nd and the last public school day is literally the very end of May.

I’m just ready to move onto something else.

3 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge – Sick kids and ugh

  1. I do hope your Dakota is feeling better soon. Having a sick child is mentally and physically exhausting and it always amazed me how quickly a child could go from completely fine to horribly ill.

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