Friday, August 10, 2007

Bee Stings,Ferns and my Brother

Yesterday Ian was stung by a bee. I'm not sure who was more traumatized. By the time we made our way to the car from the river (we were having a splendid day at Corbin Park) and I got Ian in his car seat, I realized my entire body was trembling. Much like it was when I was almost run off the road into a river in Florida by two semi's Hauling houses...yes, houses. Now rationally I understand that possible death in a 1997 Jeep is worse than a bee sting on the thumb but apparently my body didn't get the memo because it felt exactly the same. A Migraine pill and muscle relaxer later (the latter due more to the fact that I swam the river) I was doing much better. I'm pretty sure I am the only one who reads this blog regularly (as I find my work both insightful and fascinating), but for any concerned - Ian is doing well. The swelling is gone and he is re-enacting Toy Story and begging for Benadryl (he acquired a taste for it after the bee sting) as I type.

Andrew's elderly clients keep sending him home with little houseplants. They cannot seem to comprehend that his wife does not garden. Forget the fact that a) we live in an apartment and b) I have no desire. They give him a baffled look and then send him on his way with a new plant for the little lady. Yesterday he came home with one little plant that has been alive for 5 years. I feel a great responsibility to keep it thriving, but as I am not able to recognize plants by sight (shocking I know) I can't even look it up on the Internet to see what I'm supposed to do with it. Another client sent him home with a big plant that is turning purple. I think I'm supposed to water it once a week. He also came home with some home-made biscotti that this woman from Italy gave him. Now biscotti I accept into my home with open arms and mouth, but unfortunately home-made goodies aren't the normal treat to give the oxygen man. Before the newest plants came into our home I was guilted into buying a plant due to a long tirade an old woman with 10 kids and a garden gave Andrew about how having only one toddler was NOT a reasonable excuse for lack of plant life - and so I went out and bought an African Violet because the guy at Wal-Mart said it was an indoor plant and that it is hard to kill. HA! - I say to you Wal-Mart man. It is covered in brown spots (too much sunlight apparently) and I have yet to see a violet.

We may be moving again. This will make it an even 10 moves since we were married less than four years ago. TEN. I won't give too many details yet as it's not final.

I read the last Harry Potter book last weekend. I'm feeling okay about the closure I experienced, (although I would have liked more details about certain characters and job positions), but my brother Brian was upset that Harry didn't show more skill (rather than luck) in defeating Voldermort. I explained to him that it's all about the LOVE but he scoffed at that - I think Brian will be okay in due time.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Snow Flower and Halloween

Just read "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" - which is an incredibly cheesy name for a book but I really enjoyed it. By ignoring both Ian and my husband I was able to finish it in a day. I still haven't read the seventh Harry Potter book. I'm thinking it will take longer than a day of ignoring - maybe a weekend? That's if I really concentrate on ignoring the boys - hard to do with andrew asking where his car keys, wallet, hat, etc...are and Ian yelling "Moommmyyyy, Moooooommmmyyyyyyyyy" from the other room.

Got a catalogue of Halloween stuff in the mail today. It got me really excited for October (my favorite month) and Halloween (possibly my favorite Holiday). Not sure which route to take with costumes this year. I'm thinking of looking for the most redonkulous costume I can find for Ian. But I go back and forth between cute and embarrassing. We all have to dress up - that's the rule. In the end I probably won't have enough money to do what I want and will settle on a costume on sale at the drugstore. Okay, that only happened last year but if I had to guess I'd say odds are in the drugstore's favor again.


Another FAV!!