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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

When Did Strep Get Like THIS?

Everything was better when we were kids. EVERYTHING.
Diseases were better. They made sense and were always the same.

Strep throat for instance, was a fever and white spots on your tonsils and a very sore throat and general all over bad feeling. It used to be, that I knew strep throat from a mile away. I could feel it creeping up on me. Predictable, a day down, antibiotics consumed and you'd bounce back.

When I became a mom I got more educated in what strep could be, when Miles was suddenly sick with a high fever and his body covered with a red rash that looked like lace.

THIS I learned, was scarlet fever which is just another form of strep.

Then a couple of years ago, while in North Carolina, I was puking uncontrollably and having chills and high fever. I even had this cartoonish moment where, when turning left through a four way intersection, I had to lean out the car window spraying the intersection with a fine deluge of puke.

We always laugh about that now.

But as I have spent the past two days, dizzy, nauseous, puking, chilling, and enjoying this new different version of strep I am pining for the white dots on the tonsils and sore throat of yesteryear. Really, a sore throat is so much better than feeling like you might explode out either end at any time.

Can't you visit the way you used to, oh dreaded strep?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Did I Ever Tell You About The Birch Box?

It's my new crack.

In my never ending quest to increase all things about me that are girly and awesome and pretend like I am NOT in fact 43 I signed up to get Birch Box  delivered to my house every month. For about 10 bucks, I get a box of samples of make up and skin care and hair stuff, and most months I get at least one full size thing (so far that seems to be lipsticks) but you know, it's been sort of a weird adventure. I discovered Zoya nail polish (hello new addiction) and Vichy skin care and it goes on and on.

Some months are better than others, but each month I've ended up with at least one thing that made me do a happy dance in girly joy at getting fun things delivered like presents.

Presents I paid for but presents nonetheless.

I am officially hooked.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

This Has Got To Be The Good Life

My brother came to town and brought his family, and my oldest son found a new fan in his little cousin.
We spent time together at Zoo Atlanta, being touristy and having the best time with the people that I would choose to be in my family if I hadn't have been lucky enough to have the universe place them there.
I have been kind of not blogging for a couple of weeks, because I've had this WEIGHT OF 1000 medical issues bearing down on me, but now that they seem to be lifting, I'm looking back over two weeks and realizing how great it's actually been.

I love seeing these guys, it's funny I really only see them about once a year but it's kind of neat to see how much LIKE people you are - and your children are.
It was a nice reminder of what your family is supposed to be like. It's supposed to be people who are happy to see you just because you are you. They like you if your house is dirty or you like things they don't. They're your family. They love you no matter what.