The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

dishes in sink

This week has been a week of survival. Between the whole family getting sick and the heatwave of the century, I’ve been a melting puddle trying to keep this ship afloat. I’m hoping the worst is over on both counts.

And there I feel like I have nothing to report. Hmmm. Random factoids:

  • The dishwasher is still broken. The control panel (that they replaced two years ago) went out, so we’re waiting for the owners to decide on a repair or a new machine.
  • The Irishman called me Jennifer. :/
  • The HMO says that my visit to Dr. Crunchy isn’t covered. So, now I have the fun job of appealing. Everyone involved (my GP, the receptionist at the other office) told me it was fine. Sigh.
  • FishChick7 is getting another cold sore on her face. Sigh again.
  • School didn’t go as well as I had hoped this week.
  • It is so darn hot.

However, I’ve got lots of things to be thankful for.

  • Hand washing dishes can be therapeutic. I make the kids dry and put away and the kitchen ends up cleaner than it was when we had a working dishwasher.
  • The Irishman seems like a good guy and is quick to answer messages.
  • We have health insurance, and it’s been good for a long time.
  • While I can’t pinpoint FC’s trigger, at least we have meds.
  • Next week is another week of school and a chance to do better.
  • My 4th cookbook launched this week and that was kind of fun. (If you bought it, THANK YOU! If you have a minute to leave an honest review on Amazon, that would be so helpful!)

Also, of note: FishChick7 said to me one day, “Mom! I’m so excited. I have so many things to look forward to. The cousins are coming next month, and there’s going to be a new Lego movie.”

So there is that. You know?

And Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

Coming soon:

  • More Lunch Box Ideas
  • My September Freezer Cooking Adventures
  • How to Save Money Cooking at Home
  • Ways to Avoid Student Debt
  • Safety Measures for Family Travel

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  1. Everyone under the weather and you still HAD school – that’s a plus in my book LOL – hugs for a tough week – frustrating and HOT and I can’t even function when I can’t get cooled down – plus you’re probably all sleeping poorly from it too

    blech – enjoy your day off tomorrow – hope it cools down and here’s to a great week next week!

  2. oh doesn’t the heat make everything ten times worse. we finally got below 100 this week (one day anyway).

    life is hard sometimes. thanks for reminding us that it’s good too. my thoughts and prayers and with you.

  3. We started early so that we could take breaks, so last week was a “fall break” for us. :). Back again next week.

  4. It may be the heat that’s triggering the cold sores! (Wow, that seemed like a contradictory sentence.) My daughter would get them back-to-back all summer long until her late teens, but she was fine during the winter. Something about sweat on her upper lip seemed to just trigger them.

  5. It’s important to focus on the positive and keep things in perspective. I’ve been needing to remember that this week. It can be easy to get frustrated and let that influence my actions and reactions. But when I stop to think about it, I have so much to be grateful for. 🙂

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