Update January 21, 2023



Not much happened on Saturday. Aaron and I took IL4 to open swim at his swim school. He loved that.


Sunday was an easy day. I spent most of it reading.


Monday was messy. I had lots of plans, most of which did not come to fruition. Then at the end of the day, I discovered lice in my hair…again. We have been battling these lice since early September, and lost every battle. I gave up and shaved my head. So did D13. In fact, we just shaved everyone.

Has anyone here read War and Peace? It covers a historical moment in 1812 (yes, America, your war wasn’t the only world event) when  Napoleon was attacking Russia with cavalry and foot soldiers in winter. They were out of provisions, having not predicted that Russia might be cold. They assumed that when they got to Saint Petersburg, they could restock the provisions.

The Russians predicted this. They burnt Saint Petersburg to the ground. So… Napoleon’s army had no provisions and had to turn around and glumly starve while marching back to France.

Think of our family as the Russians and the lice as the French. Starving to death because they have no hair to hold on to. We lost the battle, but we will win the war.


Tuesday, I picked a wig out on Amazon. My friends Todd and Alex talked me out of getting a long ass auburn one that would have made me look like Rowena from Supernatural. So instead I chose an ash blonde one, since Alex informed me I had warm skin tone, and wigs.com informed me that ash blonde or ash brown would bring out my skin color best. My natural hair is brown, so I decided to shake it up with blonde.

I took a mental health day that day. Watched some MrBallen on YouTube. Then some Whose Line is it Anyway? on HBO.


Wednesday, I was to send IL4 to special education on the bus from home for the first time. He yelled and screamed when I tried to put on his winter gear, so I took him outside jacket-free. We sat hugging for warmth on the porch for about 15 minutes, when I suddenly realized the bus really didn’t seem to be coming.

I dropped him at school (now wearing his jacket, since he was cold), and called Transportation. They said the bus had arrived early and left early, and they’ll have a talk with the driver. 🤷‍♀️

After special education, I took IL4 to occupational therapy. The therapist said she really suggested switching to the Children’s hospital, as that was only a half hour drive, and Park Nicollet was an hour drive. I pointed out that going two times a week to Minneapolis wasn’t really better than going once a week to Maple Grove. We agreed that he should wait until June when a closer Park Nicollet location opened up. I will discuss the urgency with his Doctor at his upcoming well-child visit.


Thursday was low-key. I got some reading and writing done. The kids picked up their scripts for the Willy Wonka play.


Friday was also a relaxing day. I went to the library with D13 and got 5 books for IL4. Aaron and M10 left for Cub Scout camp. They left for 20 minutes, and returned for M10’s meds. Then 20 minutes after that, I called him to say M10 had also forgotten his clothes. 🫣

M10 reading

  • The Coming of Hooole, by Kathryn Lasky

D13 reading

  • A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, by T Kingfisher


  • 1 letter Maine Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter Michigan Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter Virginia Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter Texas
  • 1 letter Michigan

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This is Aaron’s 3rd Christmas puzzle

4 thoughts on “Update January 21, 2023

  1. The photo of everyone with the shaved heads is extra fantastic because I’m reading letters and diaries of Nicholas & Alexandra of Russia and there’s a picture of their four daughters & one son with shaved heads…not because of lice, but because of measles! I didn’t know their hair had only grown back about chin length at the time they were all murdered because in all the movies they have normal length hair.


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