Friday, November 30, 2007

A Pity Party Cut Short

- How sad is it to watch a hungry baby try to nurse with a stuffy nose? And have that baby smile at you with her little eye swollen, as if to say, "I know this isn't your fault"?

- How pitiful is it when your three year old croaks to you, "Mommy, will you pray for me to feel better?"

- How ridiculous is it to be absolutely starving but afraid to eat anything because it will 1) hurt your throat and 2) possibly upset your delicate stomach peace?

- How spoiled is it to be tired of eating chicken noodle soup?

- How unjust is it when you tell your almost six year old to (and I shamefully quote), "Go be bouncy somewhere else"?

O.k. blog "whiny voice" off now. Things are looking up a bit today. I'm thankful that:

- The sun is shining. I will not be going out in it because it's cold! But at least it's shining.

- I'm out of bed and will probably get through with just 1-2 naps today instead of 21 hours of sleep.

- The doctor called in a prescription (ointment) for Sweet Pea's eye.

- Prince Charming is out right now buying essential groceries, tissues, and more cold medicine. That man has earned many crowns in Heaven this week.

- I managed to shower last night. I'm still sick but at least I'm clean sick. Before last night I couldn't even stand much less walk to the shower.

- Apple Juice and Sprite are the nectar of the gods. Or something like that. Hot tea is an abomination that will make your stomach hate you.

- Saltines are one of the world's perfect foods.

- Despite the house falling apart around our ears (mail piled up, clothes not put away, dirty dishes on the counter, etc.) the laundry is mostly under control. (Yes, I'm giving myself a pat on the back for doing a lot of it Monday before I felt bad.) Also, it's easy to keep your clothes clean when you just wear pajamas all the time.

Books of 2007 - July

The summer months slowed my reading pace a bit.

1. Empire of Blue Water by Stephan Talty. Non-fiction. Listened to the first part of this on c.d. with Prince Charming and then checked out the book because I fell asleep. The story is actually really good and informative, despite my initial sleepiness.

2. Practically Perfect in Every Way by Jennifer Niesslein. Non-fiction. This woman should be prosecuted for using my beloved Mary Poppins' signature phrase. This is a book about the author's attempt to improve her life with self-help books. Very negative, very liberal world view (strong pro-abortion sentiments expressed multiple times). Not recommended.

3. The Big Turnoff by Ellen Currey-Wilson. Non-fiction. Not quite what I was expecting. The admirable goal of raising a child without t.v. (which Prince Charming and I are doing in a modified way) is confused by her strange outbursts, foul language, and confusing trains of thought. Not really recommended either.

4. Girls Gone Mild by Wendy Shalit. Non-fiction. Excellent follow up to Shalit's first book about Modesty. Offers good advice and hope. Highly recommended!

5. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Fiction. Read because of my interest in the mini-series. Very victorian. As I told my sister, "Don't get attached to any of the characters." Worth reading at least once. I haven't read her other books yet, mostly because our library doesn't have them and I'm not willing to purchase them without reading them first.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Fiction. Harry Potter to me is like a comic book. Not evil but not a worthwhile use of time, either. Despite the fact that we own all the books (Prince Charming is a fan) I doubt I'll ever read them again. Also, Ron and Hermione? Are you kidding me?! That's almost as bad as Harry and Ginny.

7. The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian. Non-fiction. I can't believe I haven't read this book before. Every parent should read this.

8. Gunpowder Plot by Carola Dunn. Fiction. Series mystery. Daisy Dalrymple's adventures are always a fun, quick read for me.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Plague, A Pox...Something

It began last week, during our Thanksgiving trek to the in-laws. Polly had a pretty bad cold. Every day we'd think, "She'll be better today." And she never was.

Monday, back home, Prince Charming took her to the doctor. One sinus infection diagnosis and one antibiotic prescription later she was running around as cheerful as ever.

Which was a good thing because the rest of us are now ill. I have scarcely moved from my bed in the past three days. Prince Charming will start "feeling better" and go meet some obligation whereupon he feels just as bad as before.

Sweet Pea has a stuffy nose and swollen eye. It looks terrible but she remains as happy as ever. And by the way, did you know that doctors no longer prescribe antibiotics to babies? They aren't allowed to because some parents were overdosing their children. So you have to wait until your precious baby is sick enough to be hospitalized. Tell me what kind of sense that makes!

Tigger is not her bouncy self. She has a stuffed nose and scratchy throat. She fights sleep, which would probably help her feel better because she's afraid she'll miss something. What I don't know. My twice daily painful shuffle to the counter for my hard fought antibiotic?

Yes, despite my informing the doctor that I am still nursing Sweet Pea he prescribed me a medicine I could not take while nursing. And, being in a somewhat diminished state, I didn't notice until I got home. As I am allergic to penicillin the options seemed limited. But after several terse phone conversations between Prince Charming and the medical experts the doctors finally agreed on one, which I have been taking faithfully, after my sweet husband dragged himself out in his coughing achy state to retrieve it. But it doesn't seem to have eased my sinus infection at all.

Maybe if we could bottle whatever makes Polly tick we'd all feel better.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Books of 2007 - June

1. Bidding for Love by Katie Fforde. Fiction. Enjoyable British fiction. Probably not as good as some of her earlier work.

2. What the Other Mothers Know by Gendelman, Graft & Rosenstein. Non-fiction. The other mothers could stand to ask me what I know. That's the impression I got from this book.

3. DIY Design it Yourself by Ellen Lupton. Non-fiction. Interesting ideas bookended with liberal politics.

4. Just Curious About History, Jeeves by Barrett & Mingo. Non-fiction. Easy reading in short snippets, perfect for a nursing mommy.

5. Buy, Buy, Baby by Susan Gregory Thomas. Non-fiction. I reviewed this at my husband's blog, Doses of Reality. (The time stamp on the story was changed by my husband although I can't remember why!)

6. The Millstone by Margaret Drabble. Fiction. No chapter divisions made it kind of hard to keep track of where I was. Drabble has a good command of language and word use but her subjects are rather depressing.

7. Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin by Marion Meade. Non-fiction. Very interesting read about some of the literati in the 1920's.

8. Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Fiction. Ugh. Do not read. Do not think about reading. Do not for one second imagine that there is any worth in this book. I wish I could scrub it from my mind.

9. What's So Great About America by Dinesh D'Souza. Non-fiction. Excellent. And, my copy is signed by the author who my parents met in the spring. That means I practically know D'Souza, right?

10. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Fiction. Yes, I read the entire thing (all three "books") although I'm counting it as one book. One of the greatest stories in the English language. I'm not one of those people who can converse in Elvish (Quenya?) or Dwarvish and I don't obsess over the genealogies or timeline, but I truly enjoy reading this book.

11. Send by David Shipley & Will Schwalbe. Non-fiction. I talked about his book here way back when I started blogging. Back when I didn't have a format I liked. When I didn't even know how to close html tags. It's nice to think I've come a long way improved somewhat.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD, he is God: it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

If you're reading this on Thanksgiving: what are you doing? Go eat some turkey!

No matter when you read this: Happy Thanksgiving! I'm giving thanks for many things today (and everyday) and those of you who have read my blog and commented are on that list.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Books of 2007 - May

1. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien. Fiction. If you want cheerful hobbit songs and thrilling victories read something else. This is a tragic tale. Well written, of course, but not really "fun".

2. Not Buying It by Judith Levine. Non-fiction. Yeah, I'm not sure those of us who are truly frugal will be impressed with this book. The author's "sacrifices" didn't strike me as all that sacrificial. Still, an interesting look at consumerism in the U.S.

3. Good Enough Mother by Rene Syler. Non-fiction. Upbeat and positive but not ground breaking. Raises some questions for me because the author is so obviously trying to justify working outside the home without feeling guilt. Not a must read.

4. The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker. Non-fiction. This is so much more than a cookbook! Full of facts and insights into the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series. I'd love to find an inexpensive copy of this for our library.

5. The Serpent and the Moon by HRH Princess Michael of Kent. Non-fiction. The second book by this author that I read this year. Very informative and entertaining. Hard for me to be completely objective though, as the main subjects of the story were best known for persecuting Christians.

6. Pathway to Freedom by Alistair Begg. Non-fiction. Very good, must read! Begg is one of the best Christian speakers of our time. This book looks at the 10 Commandments and how our lives would be better if we followed God's commands - what a novel idea!

7. America's Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides. Non-fiction. Some good tips but I seriously doubt this family is actually "America's cheapest". I tend to rebel against blanket statements like that.

8. Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding by Eileen Behan. Non-fiction. Wonder why I was reading this?!

9. He Talk Like a White Boy by Joseph C. Phillips. Non-fiction. Collection of essays on a variety of topics, especially race in America. Thought provoking.

10. How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead by Ariel Gore. Non-fiction. Still waiting... This was a fun book but I must warn you that the language can be rough.

11. When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It by Ben Yagoda. Non-fiction. Another book about our wonderful English language.

12. More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl. Non-fiction. Despite the evocative title this book is actually an extensive reading list. As I told Prince Charming: "The only thing better than reading a book is reading a book about reading." Yes, I actually said that. No, I don't get out much.

13. Super Mom Saves the World by Melanie Lynne Hauser. Fiction. Good idea, poor execution. I'm not sure why I read the whole thing.

14. No One Cares What You Had For Lunch by Margaret Mason. Non-fiction. A very helpful book about blogging. By the way, I had a ham sandwich on sourdough bread with mayo. Just in case, you know, you care.

15. Freedomnomics by John R. Lott. Non-fiction. A response to the book "Freakanomics". Excellent read which my husband discussed extensively on our blog Doses of Reality.