Monday, November 22, 2010

Playing House

This week is looking like so much fun! I'm getting to play housewife, and so far, I'm loving it. The laundry is almost done, I got the back patio swept off, I cleaned out/organized the chest freezer, and cleaned out the fridge. And its not even 10 am.

As I folded some laundry earlier, I thought about how I'll get to play housewife more often next summer and fall, and I'll get to play mommy, too. And after getting to play mommy for a few years, I'll get to play teacher again with a class of 1 or 2 (maybe more?). Life is looking good, even if my sinuses are still stuffy and my ears feel stobbed up.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A room with a view (and a sound system)

According to "What to Expect", week 16 means:

Your baby now weighs in at a whopping three to five ounces, and he's four to five inches in length. The bones that are now in place in his ears means he can probably hear your voice as you talk to your partner and pals and sing in the car. While he’s getting used to your voice, the tiny muscles in his body, especially the ones in his back, are gaining strength, so he can straighten out a little more. And thanks to his developing facial muscles, your baby is capable of making a few expressive frowns and squints, even at this early stage. (Don’t worry, those frowns have nothing to do with the sound of your voice!) And his eyes are finally working, making small side-to-side movements and perceiving light (although the eyelids are still sealed). Peekaboo!

Its fun to think about baby being able to see (somewhat) and hear (at least me). Of course, baby will learn that my voice changes.... with the changing sinuses! Its rather nasaly right now, more so than usual. 

Speaking of which, the sinuses are feeling better. I've still got some stuffiness and I'm still taking the antihistamine, but I don't feel overly bad. I'm trying to arrange the schedule so I get more sleep, as that always helps me feel better. The power naps aren't doing much right now.... it takes me 5 to 10 minutes to drift off, and after 10 minutes I'm rather groggy. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it, but I'll work to do that when I'm feeling more on top of the game. For now, I will work to get the 30 minute to hour nap.

I did realize that I've been pushing myself too hard. I got a small cold sore on my lip (which has healed up rather quickly, thank goodness). That's a stress signal.... must slow down... a week off will help.

Friday, November 19, 2010

November slump | brain open now

November slump | brain open now

One of my google reader "friends" (unsure what else to call him, though he is also a coworker) shared this link today. However, if you aren't a teacher, you won't likely find the post all that interesting.

I believe I am in a slump, a November slump since it is November, but I think my slump is from being busy and tired and feeling like I have too much to do. I hope/plan to be proactive over the Thanksgiving break to remedy this. Goals include:

1. Lots of sleep to regain control over the sinuses.
2.Lots of sleep to just feel better in general.
3. Host a fun Thanksgiving with the family coming in town.
4. Get more sleep to be ready for the 3 week run to Christmas Holiday.

Sound reasonable?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


True misery  has got to be something more than anything I've experienced. It seems to include not just physically hurting, but a depressed spirit and tired and hungry soul. Thus, I'm reluctant to describe myself as miserable at the moment, but it is sure close.

Last Sunday I realized how very stuffy I was. I didn't feel that bad, so I called it allergies and stopped drinking milk (which tends to make me stuffy). Wednesday afternoon, I was feeling pretty bad, and though I finished the day teaching, I skipped staff meeting and mock trial for which I am faculty sponsor. I went home and slept a hour, then went to bed early, but didn't feel any better on Thursday.  By the the weekend, I still wasn't feeling much better, and was firmly thinking it was allergies. This week, I'm not so sure. Tuesday morning I was feeling miles better and my sinuses were starting to clear. This morning, I felt quite good, and even the right side was starting to clear (blowing my nose like crazy, hard to teach when the  nose is dripping so much stuff). This afternoon, however, my right side sinuses are clogged again, and my head is really starting to ache.

I have successfully made it with no drugs so far. Doc has given me permission to take a few specific ones, but I'd rather not. Alas, I might succumb tonight to the pseudophephidrine (unsure of spelling -- its the decongestant). Overall, I guess its better to take the drug and avoid a sinus infection than go drug free and suffer the sinus infection. Aren't the antibioitics worse? Had one friend who got a sinus infection in the last month of her pregnancy and the doc made her wait till she'd given birth to take antibiotics. Ah, well, I'm likely being way over dramatic anyhow.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Would anyone have an extra time I could use? I'm running short these days and would really like a bit extra to tide me over. I've found that after allotting a full measure of time to sleeping (otherwise, I'm miserable and those around me are likely miserable because of me), and the other things I MUST do (mostly school stuff), I don't have much left over to do the things I really love to do. I promise to treat your time gently, and will return it in as excellent a shape as you loaned it to me.

Alas, I wish I could borrow or buy additional time. Lately, I've felt like my time is filled with all those things that MUST be done... dishes, cooking, grocery shopping, school work (grading, lesson planning) and sleeping. I have knitted in a few weeks, I'd like to do some sewing. I'd love to knit socks, but feel like I should finish the sweater first, but who knows when that will happen. I'm really looking forward to the week of Thanksgiving, I get the whole week off (after a Saturday inservice).  But I know I will need to grocery shop, cook and clean, though I'm hoping that these things don't swamp my time.

I have ideals of having time to do more than just what MUST be done next summer and next year (I'll be part time next year), but perhaps that is a naive illusion? I'm sure I will find out!


PS. It started raining yesterday, that might be contributing to my mood.