Thursday, January 29, 2009
Nothing like blogging with 5 minutes to spare before having to leave for work, but I just had to post these pics. Samantha had been taking amoxycillin for about 7 days for a runny nose that just wouldn't go away (doctor said it was probably some sort of infection, as we'd suspected). The runny nose went away, but a rash began to show on Wednesday morning, so we discontinued the meds. I'm hoping this is a reaction to the penicillin (I have a penicillin allergy) because then we'll know, and won't give it to her again. If it's not, well, then I have no idea what it is, and it's pretty bad. She's starting to itch today, too. I was pretty shocked when she woke up this morning--the rash had spread all over her face and her palms and the soles of her feet. Her bottom seems to be the only mostly-unaffected area. Steve just took her to the doctor, so I'll be waiting anxiously for his call!
Update: Steve called to say the doctor said it's a classic drug allergy rash. It should go away within about 5 days, and if she itches too much we can give her Children's Benadryl. Whew! They gave her a note to take to school tomorrow so they don't treat her like she has the plague. LOL One thing I forgot to mention earlier that was really cute--Samantha was counting the spots! She'd look at her leg or her hand, and go, "one, two, three, four..." So funny. Then, of course, I asked her to do it in Spanish, then Japanese. No problem. hehehe I just ADORE this kid!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Yes, I have become a bad blog reader. All of the time each evening that I used to devote to visiting other blogs to learn about the triumphs, accomplishments, disppointments and everyday meanderings of other people has recently gone to...Facebook. Must...stop...
I'm sure it's only temporary. All of the excitement and flash of being back in touch with old friends and connecting with new ones, along with the ability to instant message with, say, someone I went to high school with in another country more than 20 years ago, will hopefully tone down a bit soon. I'll learn moderation and the ability to multi-task. But seriously, Facebook is kind of like being in a big room with a whole bunch of your friends talking to you and to each other, whether they know each other or not. It's somehow comforting and enjoyable just to know they're there and to know the humdrum details of their everyday lives. "Jane Doe...is eating soup." Really? Is this interesting to me? Not exactly, but it's kind of nice to know that other people do the same boring things I do. I'm anti-telephone and hate to talk on the phone for more than a couple of minutes at a time. It feels like I'm obligated to say something and to listen at that very moment. I'd rather say something and choose to listen when I want to. Call me selfish. :-)
Oh, and at the top of this post I just dropped in a photo of Samantha that I took yesterday. Did I already mention how much I love my new camera?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Lastnight, I had some black beans and diced tomatoes in a bowl that I was feeding her at dinner on the side (I try to introduce her to new things when I can--she's quite fussy!). She pointed at it and said, "poop". I told her I didn't understand, so she kept repeating it, and pointing more vehemently. Suddenly, I realized--she was saying "soup". She looked thrilled that I figured out what she was saying, but all I could do was laugh. She'll mimic almost any word, but the first consonant is usually either changed to the last consonant in the word, or removed altogether.
Well, it's 10:30, and I'm having a hard time keeping my eyes open. Time for bed...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
We had the home inspection last week, and there was nothing too devastating. Lots of little things that need to be done, such as replacing the glass front of the gas fireplace, replacing the sliding glass door in the basement, having smoke detectors properly installed by an electrician, repairing the gate on the yard fence, etc. Some especially good news included a clean result for the radon test, no termites or termite damage, and the report that the deck was built extremely well, and will not likely bow the way many decks do. Inspection day was also the day I got to really take a good, hard look at things and to take lots of photos. I've posted many of them on my flickr site , if any of you are interested. I just can't wait to get full access! The next step is to approve the Home Owner's Association packet, which we should have in the next few days, and then closing, which is scheduled for February 25th.
On a Samantha note: Steve has now successfully taught her how to turn the tv on and off using the remote. He showed her which buttons do the deed, and now there's no stopping her! LOL And she's desperate to start using the computer. She moves the mouse around on the pad (followed by putting it to her ear and saying "hi"), and taps her fingers on the keyboard. She says "datches" (pictures) every time she comes to the computer, and is content to sit on our laps for ages while we scroll through flickr or our photos on the hard drive. Several months ago her teachers' aides in school taught her to count to 10 in Spanish. Well, I decided tonight to one-up that and teach her to count in Japanese. It was so cute--she copied my words beautifully. I know that by tomorrow night she'll be able to do it on her own. She's a very quick learner. I knew I would retain just enough Japanese to serve some purpose one day...
Friday, January 16, 2009
As we grew older, we realized that we were just like anyone else. No undiscovered secret life, no exotic past, no princesses... Well, recently my father found this article, which seems to provide at least a bit of an interesting edge to my family's past. My great-great uncle Herman wasn't such a nice guy. Bootleggers, murder and corruption... (click on the pics to read!) Enjoy!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Anyway, stay tuned...
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I have a confession to make...I had resisted Facebook for ages and ages. I created an account about a year ago and did nothing with it. I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about, especially since I have my blog and listserves that function as social networking applications. So I thought. Now I've discovered a whole new set of old and new friends and a whole new dynamic of social networking. I'm still exploring and discovering its functions slowly, and I'm not into some of the silly stuff, but it's great to be able to keep in touch with people and to correspond in a way other than e-mail (considering about half of my e-mails to people get spammed out by their mail servers!). Anyway, I just had to clear my conscience. LOL
Here are a few pics I took of Samantha yesterday. We spent about 5 hours house-hunting, and she was happy and agreeable from start to finish, even with a wet bottom for part of it. She's such a little angel!!!!!