Monday, December 3, 2018

May December 2, 2018

Yesterday was glorious. An all around, good for the soul day.  The windows were open, the sun was out, it was WARM. It really reminded me of spring. A month or two from now I'll try to remember this day is possible when it's freezing out.

Mom and I took a walk and on our walk we noticed there was water in the normal dry waterfall behind Hospice (where we frequent the playground with the kiddos).  She was occupied for the rest of the day, so when I got home, we booted up the kids and went back so they could stomp around in the water. Safe to say, we'll be frequently checking for more water in the Spring and Summer.

Not pictured: Declan in the baby carrier.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Feeling a little croupy over here

This post isn't well written. Hopefully by the time you finish it you'll understand why. 

Looks like the Elsea boys are suckers for the croup. The propensity of the Elsea boys to get croup should clear up any doubt these boys are C's.

I'm sure you remember GMac's recent bout with it a month and a half ago.  Sp when he woke up all sorts of congested last Saturday we went into croup prevention mode.  A new humidifier (the 5th one I've purchased in our almost 11 years of marriage) was running, motrin was administered right before bed, and tissues for the oh-so-runny nose were right next to GMac. Things were looking good.

Ha Ha Ha. The best laid plans.

A little before midnight last night Dec decided to join the Croup Club.  C and I took turns keeping him upright through the night, sitting in steamy bathrooms and the not cold enough out doors. Fortunately, Dec isn't as severe as GMac has been the last few times. Granted, night number two is always known to be the worst and that's tonight. Good thing I have a lot of Live PD to catch up on.

So that's the Elsea update.

Oh, the rolls turned out great.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

tomorrow is a BIG day

Say a little prayer for me tomorrow, would you?

For the first time in the history of our marriage (really, since the September 2007 Elsea/Uchtman bridal shower when I got the recipe), I will be attempting to make the famous Talitha Elsea rolls. 

I've never tried before, because, why ruin a good thing?

Also, they are yeast rolls and I am intimidated by yeast. 

But I figure after 10.5 years of marriage and 25 years of knowing each other, C is probably not going to leave me over a botched batch of rolls (especially since the house is in my name).

I'll try to remember to keep you updated.

*the 10.5 and 25 are concurrent not consecutive. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

What's in the bag?!?

Every time I go somewhere over a meal time or for more than five hours I haul my pumping bag with me.  

Here's what's in my bag that should be in my bag. 

Electricity sources (car port and battery back)
Bag of bottle parts
Cooler with cooling element

And here is what was also in my bag:

Pumping compatible bra (different from a pumping bra)
Fair program
Tumbler with tea bags, just add hot water
SWAG charger thing
Chicago bus
Oatmeal (gotta keep up that milk supply)
A book (had another in my purse)
Granola bar
Face mask
Detective key
Error medical bill for Dex
Beer koozie
Hand soap
Knock-off Lego plane peice

Friday, October 26, 2018

Re: we've been sick for two weeks and i'm SOOOOOOOO over it

A word of advise:  Don't get sick when you're spouse is neck deep in work that can't be done by another attorney (oral argument and brief). Also, live close to your parents. 

The bug got me on Wednesday.  Mom and Dad picked up the kids on their way home from Amish County and kept them until bed time, then took them again yesterday so I could take my first ever sick day and sleep.  

I'm wiped out, but back among the living. 

Now I've just got to find my appetite before going to brunch and then C's work dinner tomorrow. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

we've been sick for two weeks and i'm SOOOOOOOO over it

The blog post title speaks to my attitude towards returning to normalcy in the Elsea house.  C has a super long work week and is anticipating late nights and you know what? So long as everyone is healthier, I'm a-ok with the single parenting this week.

Grandma was here this week which was a huge help with all the sickness, but we also made her sick and couldn't do everything really, anything, we wanted to do with her.  Good think GMac is headed out there in a few weeks. Hopefully they'll be able to get out of the house some.

I recently learned of a show called Live PD and WHY DIDN'T YOU GUYS TELL ME ABOUT THIS EARLIER? I love it, I love it, I love it! I discovered it while C was out (probably getting food) late one Friday or Saturday night and I thought he'd get home and break down the show for me. Explain the charges, what the cops should've done, etc. Nope.  His response, "that's sick" and not sick in a 90's way.  So now I watch it when he's not around. Like this week. 

Dex is crawling and pulling himself up! It's a whole new world - so long as that world is in the living room because he doesn't seem to want to cross the seamless threshold into the kitchen. Still not sleeping through the night and has been worse the last week due to his congestion.

GMac is "toughing" a lot.  Still trying to get over whatever monster bug has hit us.  Fingers crossed he can go to school tomorrow which would be the first time since October 9.

Monkey has become quite the author. She's written and illustrated four books. She's also into coloring and playing school (she has her own classroom in the basement).

As for me, I finished Modern Family Season 9.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

I JUST WANT MY ESPRESSO; a first world problem

Last Wednesday my Nespresso machine said it needed descaled. I decided I could make a homemade solution, did some research, and then decided I better not. So I ordered some descaling solution and pods (because why not spend another $42 for free shipping) and was looking forward to having the machine up and running by the weekend.

Wednesday night the update said I'd have everything by Friday.

Friday came and went. No dice.

The GMac got "the croup" as Monkey calls it and with GMac getting "the croup" comes Urgent Care, ER, and hospital stays and basically no sleep for several days for Mom and Dad.  It's worse than having a new born in the house because you still have to go do everything else, like work and can't just lounge around all day catching cat naps when you can. Friday night/Saturday morning I didn't get to bed until 3 a.m. and Monday morning I was up for the day at 3:00 a.m.

Saturday morning the Laser Ship (described as the Uber of package delivery and literally named The Most Hated Company on the Internet) tracking said something along the lines of "package did not go out, will go out next business day."

Monday morning I emailed LaserShip and got a canned response that I'd get the package in a day or two.

Monday afternoon I chatted with Nespresso. They said if the package wasn't;t delivered by that evening (and it wasn't looking good), they'd resend it on Tuesday.

Monday came and went. No dice.

This morning, the website says the same thing as Friday so I send LaserShip another email and same exact canned "day or two" response so I chat with Nespresso again and they said they'd get it out today and it'd arrive on Thursday. 


This afternoon I check the LaserShip just to see whats up.  

The package is out for devilry. 

Say, what?

Two hours later, another email from LaserShip saying they received the request to intercept the package and stop delivery and would do if at all possible. 

And no espresso pods today. 

Turns out I can trick my machine into thinking it descaled so I DID have a full caff mocha at 7 p.m. with the expectation of being up with a sick kid tonight.