Oct
19
2012

  Liz Fitz Darcy - Winter Song (Video)

Oct
19
2012

  Liz Fitz Darcy - No Opinion (Video)

Oct
17
2012

  Not As Productive As Expected

I had big plans to get a number of administrative things done while our sitter was watching the kids this afternoon.

Instead, I slept hard for over two hours. I was O-U-T. And afterwards, I still wasn't full of energy or anything. Still weak and woozy. So I abandoned plans for my more ambitious paperwork projects, and settled for a little online shopping.

I have a photographer scheduled to take a family photo in mid-November. We haven't had one done since Max was born, and we'd like the update. So I ordered two matching jackets for the boys to wear. I'm not sure what T and I will wear, but I'll start with the boys. I might knit them coordinating caps. The doctor said I should be feeling better within a few days of starting antibiotics.

T called while I was napping, so I haven't had a chance to find out how his business meetings have been going, he's been busy the past three days. Hopefully, I'll get to talk to him this evening once the kids are in bed. He'll be back in our time zone so that will make it much easier to connect.

Oct
16
2012

  It's Bronchitis

I called the doctor last night intending to make an appointment for Wednesday when I've got a sitter, but they said they had an opening yesterday at 5:40pm, so I went ahead and took it. They took us back to an exam room right away, but it was 30 minutes later that a doctor finally showed up. I had both boys with me, and M was fine, but poor W was terribly and visibly nervous the whole time. I assured him that no one was going to get any shots, and the doctor wouldn't even touch him. When the doctor finally showed up, he pretty quickly diagnosed me with bronchitis. He said my throat and ears looked fine, which was a good thing. He called in my prescription and I picked it up this afternoon during our regular weekly shopping trip.

I was still woozy all day today and had to lie down for an hour at nap time, but fortunately both boys cooperated and let me rest by playing quietly in the room with me. I had enough energy after that to take them outside to play in the afternoon. I took the first antibiotic immediately after I got the pills, and already my cough is diminished. Hopefully I'll get my energy back if not tomorrow then hopefully the next day.

Oct
13
2012

  Day TWELVE of Being Sick

Good grief. I am getting flashbacks from two years ago, when I was sick pretty much from September through New Year's. I blamed it on being pregnant, but now I have no such excuse for not getting better.

T is leaving town early Monday morning for a week, so we'll drive out to Richmond tomorrow night. So that precludes me going to the doctor on Monday. But I have a sitter for Wednesday afternoon so I guess I'll make an appointment for then, presuming I don't feel better before that.

I feel totally dehydrated (still waking up every hour or two overnight), but I'm trying to just drink and drink lots of water but I don't feel refreshed I just have to go to the bathroom a lot. At least I don't feel so sick I can't take care of the kids (and I did finish the taxes, so at least that's out of the way), but I don't feel well enough to go out. T and I tried to go out to dinner last night, but I was coughing so much in the car we gave up on that and just sent the sitter home after we ate our carryout in the dining room. Sigh.

At least with T's concert done, and the taxes done, there is little left to do before Christmas. I guess catch up on W's preschool-- I have been pretty slack about it since falling ill at the beginning of this month. Although I do remember the last letter I did with him was "D" and he did a very good job of thinking of lots of "d" words.

T finished his programming this morning, and has been out with the boys all afternoon so I could finish the tax returns. Another year with 0% effective tax rate. We really have shockingly little income coming in with the interest rates so low. Plus what little we owed was wiped out with a "child tax credit". It strikes me as pretty dumb to just give up tax revenue because someone has kids. While I don't think rates should be higher on high-income individuals (and by extension, pass-through businesses), I do think a lot of deductions should be eliminated. If tax rates weren't so high, families wouldn't need deductions to pay for normal things. Nor would the economics get skewed based on tax-incentives.

While it's fine and dandy for Warren Buffet and his millionaire-club to lobby for more taxes on the rich, it's really a small club, just 1% of the population, right? Where is the hue and cry from the other 99% who want to pay THEIR fair share? I think it's ludicrous that we get a tax credit for having kids. We require MORE government services now, not LESS than we did pre-kids. So we should be paying MORE, right? Eh, will we ever see the income tax abolished and a consumption tax in place in my lifetime? I certainly hope so, but I couldn't predict when it would happen.

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