There is one thing that is dominating my time more than any other right now... pandemic parenting logistics.
I cannot begin to tell you how mentally exhausting it is to figure everything out. This week, we had to shuffle two full-time working schedules while trying to get an appointment for our kiddo for a runny nose. A RUNNY NOSE! Our daycare - who we love and do not fault - has to follow the guidance set down by the oversight/licensing department. That means any runny nose leads to a kick out, which leads to needing medical clearance before our kid can return. FOR A RUNNY NOSE! This became even more difficult with the K-12 schools being back in session because it applies to everyone. So, getting an appointment is exponential harder. Even our pediatrician's office agrees it needs to change. They're seeing kids who don't need to be seen. It's also a slow financial death - one co-pay at a time.
I could vent about this for ages because the regulations need to change to a runny nose PLUS one other symptom. But I digress... here's what else has my attention.
I'm trying not to laugh/cry that the book I added to my TBR this week exemplifies my Monday.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
It looks like our office is going to stay open for the long haul. (I had serious doubts with the delta variant floating about.) So, I decided, it was time to replenish my desk snacks.
During a lunch break, I walked to the grocery store across the street, grabbed a basket, and started wandering the aisles.
I grabbed my favorite first - Cheez-Its. (Yum!) Then I added a pack of mixed flavor sandwich crackers that was on the shelf nearby. Next, a can of original Pringles went in to the basket. I also added some soft baked belVita bars (banana bread and oats & chocolate) to serve as backup breakfasts and emergency cookies. Then, two small boxes of Rip Van Wafels (snickerdoodle and chocolate brownie).
I wanted to add a bag of candy for the dish on my desk, but we all need to eat those mints that are still in there. (Seriously, come visit me and get some of those butter mints. Just ignore that they're in pink baby shower packages...)
This haul of (mostly) carbs and sugar joined the granola bars and trail mix packs that I already brought from home.
As I was filling my desk drawer, I realized that my preferred desk snacks all have a few things in common. They are shelf stable, one-handed food, that can be eaten without any dishes, and leave minimal mess. Maybe just a few crumbs or salty fingers.
Hopefully, I won't have to haul all of these snacks home again. For now, I'll be happy that I don't have to dart away from my computer to satisfy that singular crunchy/sweet craving that tends to befall me around 3pm each day.
What's your favorite desk snack?
Our kiddo skipped some naps at daycare this week. This made her cranky. It made us cranky because we are not ready for her to give up naps just yet. Then, later in the week, she took a nice long nap. That evening was an enjoyable frolic for everyone.
Here are my other good things from the week.
I stared at the blank section of this screen for the past five minutes trying to figure out what to write. I've got nothing. That should tell you where my head is at this week.
Here's what is holding my attention at the moment.
I will forever be on a quest to remind myself that I am more than a mom.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
We have several plants in our home. One I've had for over a decade.
This ardisia went from about 6 inches tall at purchase to over 6 feet in height. Also, I discovered - after two years of ownership - that it flowers.
Since our most recent move, this plant has not acclimated well. In our previous apartment, we needed to tie up the branches and do some pruning to keep the growth in check. Once in our new home, it spent 6 straight months dropping leaves and entire branches. While that activity has ebbed, it's looking sparse. There is some new growth, but this tree just seems to be hanging on.
I have mixed feelings about what to do.
Part of me wants a new plant that better fills the space, but then what do I do with this one? A decade is a really long time to own a plant. This plant has seen me through graduate school, marriage, three moves, and a kid. Also, it's taller than me by no small measure. I feel like I need to get it back to full health so that it can live another decade.
Plus, I miss the flowers. They stopped showing up after our move.
Now, that plant in the kitchen we just got that is looking quite sickly.... that I have no trouble replacing with a succulent.
At what point do you call it quits on a plant?
I just remembered that there are stuffed grape leaves in our fridge. I bought them earlier in the week, nibbled a few, and put the rest away for later. As soon as I'm done writing this post, I am going to eat the rest. I love a good stuffed grape leaf.
Here are my other good things from this week:
What made you happy this week?
While working from home, I got used to having two monitors. I do not not have two monitors in my office. Suddenly, this is annoying and makes working on certain projects difficult. Our wonderful IT person tried to set me up with a second monitor and, somehow, everything broke. It was weird. The more we tried to fix things, the more the computer refused to function. So, I'm still stuck with one monitor while the new computer gets reimaged. Alas...
Here's what else has my attention.
It was back to school for our city this week. Our kiddo's daycare is next to a high school and we walked through crowds of (thankfully, masked) teenagers on their way to class.
Confession: My school supply envy was real.
I was the kid who relished going shopping at Office Depot for new binders, paper, notebooks, folders, pens, pencil cases, erasers, colored pencils, paper clips, and planners. School supply aisles are one of my happy places. I could spend hours just looking at the offerings to select the perfect item to add to my backpack.
I remember that one office supply store used to have a deal where you could load up a paper grocery bag and get the entire contents for a ridiculously low cost. You better believe I tetrised everything I could in there (with my mom's help, of course). I probably fit things in that I didn't even need. Did anyone ever finish one of those pink erasers?
While my mom tried to have us "shop our closet" before we bought new, I always tried to find a way to get new school supplies. There was something about starting fresh each year that delighted me. To this day, I bounce when I walk down an office supply aisle. While I don't mindless buy like I used to (*don't look at my notecard bin*), I love it when I get the chance to pick up post-its or a pack of preferred pens.
Now that I have a kid of my own, I can't wait to enjoy this experience from the parent side of things. Bring me those back to school lists!
What's your favorite back to school activity?