I am having a Bad Brain Day: I am pretty sure it's not the case that the entire world and everything in it is crappy, but kind of FEELS like maybe it IS the case. We went to Target this morning for an emergency therapy session, and I'm sure you'll understand the severity of the issue when I tell you that EVEN THAT didn't work.
We also went to The Children's Place and I found a bunch of good stuff on good markdowns, but solve THIS riddle: the Big Girl, Little Girl, and Little Boy section all had a $5.99 jeans sale, but the Big Boy section did not. I even asked about it, and they acted like it wasn't even slightly strange that a store-wide jeans sale would include three of their four departments but not the fourth. They suggested I look on the skimpy rack of pre-ripped big-boy jeans marked down to $19.99, as if that were similar. Since THREE of my boys wear jeans in the Big Boy sizes, this was a little IRRITATING and contributed to the "everything in the world is crappy" feeling.
Have I mentioned we just found out our cat Mouse has hyperthyroid? and also kidney disease? and that we won't know how bad the kidney disease is until we treat the hyperthyroid, because hyperthyroid makes kidney disease look less severe than it is? and when we treat the kidney disease, we may find it worsens her possible congestive heart issue? Yes. Well. And so we are entering this territory of "How much should be done for a 16-year-old cat?" We're starting with daily medication and special food and possibly a CAT DRINKING FOUNTAIN, plus of course the repeated follow-up tests to see what is working, and it is so very very hard to know when to say, "Let's use these resources to feed and clothe several families in another country instead."
Last night I put Elizabeth's hair in braids for the first time.
She really likes the braids, which was unexpected because she fights me when I put her hair in ponytails. She calls the braids "locks" because of a Rapunzel story where the guy tells Rapunzel to "throw down her locks" and Rapunzel throws down long braids. Last night she wanted to sleep in her locks, and this morning we put in fresh ones.
We have a vinyl cover made by my mom for our coffee table, and it is so great because we do all kinds of crafts and snackings on that table. However, after seven-ish years, the vinyl has many rips and cuts on it, plus some permanent metallic gold paint smudges. It also has one big rip because a certain two-year-old grabbed a small rip and pulled. Paul fixed the rips yesterday with duct tape, and while that's a very SENSIBLE solution, it is not exactly PRETTY. So I got myself a roll of THIS:
Because duct tape in TEAL---why, that's a completely different story! I plan to cover the entire vinyl table-cover with it.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...