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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dang it, I forgot to take pictures!

We all managed to get out of the house by 10:00 today, which I'm pretty sure is a record of late. Unfortunately we were headed out to get to a Todd appointment which was at, you guessed it, 10:00. Fortunately it was with a therapist who happened to have the morning free, and was kind enough to consent to moving the appointment back to 10:30. Oh yes, and we were still a few minutes late. But it was all good. Oliver had a great time playing in the waiting room again, and gave lots of hugs to Diane, the secretary, who adores him. And he didn't break anything. Or throw up.

Got home and had some lunch, then Oli went down for a nap, and Todd and I worked in the garage some. Schlepped some boxes into the house, moved some stuff around, and then Oliver woke up, so that put an end to the productivity, at least where I was concerned.

Todd, on the other hand, rocked it. His slave driver, eh hem, therapist Heather came to our house for today's session to check him off on doing man-things required around the house, such as mowing the lawn. Thankfully, even through the snowstorm which had blanketed the mower for a morning, it still worked, and Todd was able to successfully mow the entire front lawn, thanks to some help, in the form of gas, from a neighbor down the street who happened by at an opportune moment (thank you, Doug!) We truly have the best neighbors. He also lent us his weed whacker, (is whacker spelled with an h? Wacker? Whacker? I dunno) so that we can edge the grass, mow down the nasties on the side of the house, and 86 the ground cover creeping out of the cracks in the drive way. However, that will probably be my job (or that of some helpful person who may stop by at some point looking for something to do. Hint hint, fathers :) ) Todd also got out a ladder and trimmed away the branches of the crazy alien bush/tree thingie that is trying to escape from the neighbor's yard, and which was scraping against the side of the house and giving me the willies at night. And he didn't fall off the ladder or cut his arm off. He did scare Heather and I though with a comment about seeing if he can find a hedge trimmer to borrow to trim back some more overhang further down. However at our terrified and "is he talking crazy? He's got to be talking crazy" looks, he reassured us that HE would not be using it, but volunteered his dad to wield the mini chainsaw. So if anyone has one of those, can we borrow it for Todd to NOT use?

Soon after Heather left, it was time for dinner, so I grabbed Todd tacos (Tuesday is Taco night at our house, thanks to Del Taco's 3/$1 deal!) and then Oliver and I went to the church for enrichment night. Hurray for nursery! I had a good time (though I still feel as anxious as a new kid in 7th grade) and Oliver did fine, I think.

So all in all, a highly successful day. Cause did you notice that there was no mention in there Todd taking a nap? Nope!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Back on the grid

We got the used phone my mother-in-law sent today, and got it charged up and connected, so Todd once again has a phone. And I can once again call him from the store/car/preschool/basement. Such a relief. It's been ridiculously difficult for the last little while without us both having phones, and no house phone.

Thanks Sue! We'll try really hard to keep it out of the dog's water this time.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The cold hard facts

Last night Todd went in for his sleep study. He'd argued with me all day about it, and kept trying to get out of going with excuses like "Oliver's sick" or "You just want me to go because you can't stand the snoring." Both of which were true, but I had to insist that he go for his own health. Our neighbor, who came over to assist Todd with a blessing for Oliver, finally convinced him of the benefit of getting it taken care of sooner than later when he told Todd about a friend of his who now has heart trouble and has to be on oxygen 24/7 because he didn't.

So off we went to drop Todd off at the ICH Sleep Disorder center, which is in a little house by Fashion Place Mall. Then Oliver and I returned home for a fun night of single-parenting a sick kid. Miraculously, Oliver went to bed after eating some yogurt, and slept all night. I, on the other hand, didn't get much sleep, and 5:30 A.M. came knocking awfully early.

Especially when I woke up to this:

Snow, people! And it's not even half way through October! With current energy costs I had high hopes of being able to tough it out and not turn on the heat until November. But with a sick kid, and now snow, it's time. And of course we haven't been able to get space in the garage to park the car yet. There's space, but it's not all together. We'll work today on combining those chunks of clear space, and see if we can't get a spot big enough for one car and one scooter. I'm hoping and praying that we get another warm spell before winter hits in earnest. I knew this storm was coming, but we still weren't able to do all that we needed to do to winterize the house/yard. Today sprinklers must be dealt with, next week I must look into adding insulation in the attic, getting that space in the garage, and if it dries out, mowing the lawn one last time before getting the mower emptied and stored.

Despite the snow, we made it home without incident, and Todd headed straight back up to bed. We should get the results of the study in about 4 weeks. Nice.

I, on the other hand, will not be getting any more sleep, because Oliver decided that he's up for the day. At least he seems to be feeling better.