All that to say, here is instead a list of what's going on around here.
- I need to give a big fat prayer of thanksgiving to the Head Honcho, because we are a healthy family. So healthy, in fact, that when one of our children gets sick, it's such a novelty to me that I almost get excited about it.
Before you turn away in abject disgust, let me clarify by saying that he wasn't super awful sick. He wasn't vomiting or writhing in pain; he just had a fever and was a little clingy and cuddly and the whole thing lasted less than 24 hours over the weekend. It was Sick Lite, just enough for me to let go of my weird tv thing and introduce our children to the first Harry Potter movie, after which Adelaide proved that she is sometimes my exact twin: "I liked it. I think I liked it. But they left out so much that was in the book! And they changed some things! Maybe I didn't like it. No, I did. The book was just SO MUCH BETTER. I need to go back and read the first one so I can review all the things they did wrong in the movie." I'm not saying that's a perfect opinion, but I am saying it's identical to mine. (IT'S PERFECT.)
- Now that I've alienated everyone with my "I love it when our children are ill and miserable!" (WHICH I DON'T, OKAY?), let me remind everyone that one of our kids suffers from severe night terrors, meaning Derek and I have been chronically short on sleep for years. (That's right, Judgey McJudgers, you just let that guilt soak in. Wear it like a blanket- no, like a Snuggie! A Guilt blanket with sleeves: How dare you judge us?) Anyhoo, we've tried anything and everything, dah dee dah, but that doesn't stop my ears from perking up anytime I hear magical words like, "Such and such absolutely 100% helps me sleep." So when Lauren Fleshman, a pro runner, said that tart cherry juice has become a sleep aid for her pro triathlete husband, I sat up a little straighter in my chair and click, click, clicked my way to the available research.
- One of our children's- as well as my own- favorite things about our local public garden is this:
Really, why is it that the simplest ideas are so often the best? The plantings are changed out regularly, and we never fail to delight in looking into those microscope/kaleidoscope things, twisting them to change the view of design and color.