Friday, January 16, 2015

TToT60: I Mind Christine

I mind Christine. She told me to come back next week and tell everyone I am well, and so here I am...well, telling you so, and not even lying.

How many is that? Ten? I'm pretty sure it's ten, but here are a few extras to appease the SGV.

I'm off, folks. I'm drafting this Thursday night because Friday through Sunday I am up in Ellicott City, MD at a vocal workshop with my chorus. I have absolutely no idea what to expect other than the schedule will be intense and I'll have a roommate, so I'm more than a little trepidatious. Here's hoping I come home hoarse and happy and not hoarse and harried.

Gold stars for Brian again. Not sure if you noticed while reading the previous paragraph, but after taking care of the kids and me for a week, he's single parenting it this weekend. He's accumulated a shiny, shiny collection of stars. Seems like he should be able to trade those in for a big prize at the grocery store. A new set of cookware! A package of tube socks!

Little Leo is a bit under the weather. That's still a thankful because he's the only one, and his symptoms are mild. Before I realized he was ill, he spent one night and day telling me me (I thought) that he "heard noises." Or, he had "head noises." I puzzled until my puzzler was sore for nearly 24 hours. Do you know how frustrating it is to not understand something that is clearly very important to the communicator? Then, make that communicator a teary toddler with a limited vocabulary. Breaks your heart. Finally, I understand the noises hurt: poor baby had a headache.
Head noises hurt.

But isn't "head noises" just about the best description you've ever heard for a headache? It is like constant clamor. I think I'm going to start calling headaches head noises.

I got him some medicine, and the next time I checked in, he told me, "Head noises 'top." Thankful!

I completed one of my favorite new year activities: I put all the holiday photo cards up on the fridge. If you ever send me a photo card, know I will put it up so I can look at your sweet face all year long. Plus, such an excellent use for the magnet collection.

And then this. This is so huge I'm not sure there are words. But other people like Lizzi and Christine (the other one, not the one I'm minding) have some good ones.

I'm going to call myself done except for gratitude to Lizzi for an early HTML and to Lisa for linking me up.

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43 comments :

  1. Oh my poor Leo! Im glad you feel better buddy! Keep those head noises away while Mommy is singing her heart out!

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    1. The sad news is that he is definitely worse. Doctor tomorrow. But you were FRIST!

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    2. OH NO!!!! I thought he was starting to feel better? BUMMER!

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    3. OK, now I think he's starting to feel better.

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  3. Poor Leo! I always wanted to kick myself when I couldn't quite figure out what Zilla wanted when she was tiny. Which reminds me of a great story about her.
    Have a great time at the workshop - hope the roommate thing goes well. I completely understand that trepidation!

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    1. And when will we hear said story? Weekend went GREAT!

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    2. OH I'm glad I came back here for comments...I totally forgot about it.
      How's Leo?

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  4. So glad you are feeling better. Hope the weekend doesn't undo the wellness progress. It is a terrible feeling indeed to miss the cues that your little one is sick. Makes a mama feel terrible! ~May@Achieving Clarity

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    1. Isn't that the truth! I am heading uphill healthwise and will not be turned!

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  5. YOU ARE BETTER!!!!! YAY!!!!!! Oh, Sarah, I'm just SO relieved you are well again!!! I have been thinking about you and praying for your health and healing... and that precious sweet boy of yours, ohmyword how adorable is he?

    I will call them head noises from now on too. Thank you Leo. Nailed it.

    i hope you have a wonderful weekend and come back hoarse and happy hun!! And your hubs is surely is earning some serious new cookware or tubesocks!!! LOLOL

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    1. I'm back, the weekend was great, I am still well, but...poor Leo's definitely good and sick. Doctor tomorrow. Poor baby.

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  6. Headaches ARE head noises!!! AWW! Love him. He's doing great with communicating - Tucker at that age wouldn't have been able to articulate that at all. Head noises is smart and perfect. I hope your choir weekend is amazing and yeah, Brian gets the stars but so do you for going and doing and being without them. xxoo

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    1. Thanks, Kristi! He is doing well. Well enough he might place out in March. Boo.

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    2. Really? FIGHT for what you think he needs. Really. I promise.

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  7. Man, I wish everyone minded me as well as you do! (And that title is so southern. Love it. No Yankees I've ever known say "mind" when talking about obeying.)
    Glad your are finally better, but poor little Leo. Headaches are no fun, especially when no one knows you have one. Glad you figured it out for him.
    Hope you are having a great time at your choir thing. I especially hope you have a lovely, non-snoring, non-bathroom-hogging roommate. :)

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    1. I did not think about it being Southern, but you are so right. You can take the girl out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the girl.
      Fabulous roommate, fabulous weekend! Thanks!

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  8. I'm glad you are feeling better. Brian needs to trade in his stars for some me (he and/or ye) time. Have a wonderful sing in MD. Head noises is a perfect description - I had a few this week, too.

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    1. I think we get a little "we" time this next weekend. I'll keep the blog world posted, of course.

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  9. I tend to love the kid versions of things.Yes I love head noises and I also understand the heartwrench of not understanding what they are trying to explain... for us... Emergency vehicles will always be woo woo's and hiccups will always be Hick a me ups. to name a few of ours. I shall add head noises as well.

    I hope you do come back happy from your singing but maybe not too badly hoarse hey... take some honey!

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    1. Your family also has "biting a the chomp," right? I love that one.
      Hey, I'm back and not even hoarse! It was a great weekend!

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  10. Aw that poor little face : ( I'm so glad his head noises 'topped. Have a fabulous time in MD this weekend and a wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jen. Poor little bugger is good and sick now.

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  11. I hope all is going well at your workshop and I am certainly glad to hear that you are feeling better. I'd mind Christine, too. She doesn't seem like one to fool around when she asks something of you. Ha! Poor sweet Leo with his head noises. I remember that frustration when the kids were small and couldn't really tell me what was going on. It was awful.
    I love this compassion group. It's amazing how much it's grown in just under a week! I think it's just what the world's doctor ordered. A nice dose of good.

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    1. I think she'd be nice about it, but there'd definitely be consequences. So I knew I'd better get my rear in gear, as they say. It's nice to have something like the 1000 Voices to counter all the horrible news, isn't it?

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  12. Hey, I was glad to see your SMILING FACE earlier - I assume it's all going well. Any chance you'll have time to look in on Dana while you're there? Not that I expect you will do, but I know she's local, so....!

    Poor Leo, love! Those big sad eyes! I'm so glad you figured it out #MamaWin

    And as for minding Christine - well done you :) I TRY to mind her, some of the time - she's full of common sense. You should mind the other one, too though - she's full of WONDERFULNESS and silliness and just...so much. Not that the other one's not. They both are. OH forgoodnesssake! MIND THEM BOTH! :p

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    1. I thought of Dana and waved to her!
      That's true. I should mind both. But I'm not sure the other Christine has ever given me a direct order.

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  13. You are in my town, Sarah!!! I hope you are having a good workshop. I do love knowing that you are closer than 15 minutes to me, even if we don't see one another. I hope by the time you get home, Leo is better and that your family stays well the rest of the winter!

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    1. I know, Dana! I waved to you! Did you see me?

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  14. Hope that you've enjoyed the conference, Sarah.

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  15. smart woman (minding-Christine-istically-speaking, of course*)
    back to the dorm…. damn! (got to be a post in the overnight alone!)

    I would put 'lol' here, except we all know it's better to play it safe, minding and whatnot

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    1. The roommate was safely mild and unobtrusive. The lack of heat the first night was not ideal.

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  16. Feeling better is the best Thankful. Poor guy. I love the headnoises for headache. My favorite toddler moments is watching their critical thinking weave with vocabulary. All the stars for Husby!

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    1. Well, I love the phrase "critical thinking weave with vocabulary." Well put!

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  17. So glad you're feeling better. And just in time for your weekend away! From the sounds of it, it went well. Hope you are happily hoarse:)

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    1. Not even hoarse. And well-satisfied with the weekend.

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  18. I see from your responses to comments that you enjoyed the workshop--that's good to hear! And of course, feeling better--with no more head noises for either you or your little guy--is definitely worth a full 10 thankfuls!

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  19. I'm SO GLAD you're feeling better! And the "head noises" (that is adorable) have 'topped! That is so cute! My 3 yr old says "heg-ache" but she says it every day for sympathy, so I have no idea when/if she ever REALLY had one :) LOVE the holiday card display, we display the photos around our family room mirror until they slowly get replaced by art work, but I DO keep the photos! (And I've been keeping the cards to make holiday crafts.) Are you joining the 1,000 Speak project? Awesome! I'm going to do it, too.

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  20. Glad to see you are feeling better. (I read your post last week and then had a crazy idea that exploded everywhere so I never got round to commenting!) Thanks for joining us on 1000 Voices speak!
    Head noises is a great name for headaches. Hope Leo is better soon.

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