Update February 25, 2023



Saturday was a bit of a drain. I was supposed to have worked from 7pm Friday till 9am Saturday, but a coworker called in and I worked till 11:30am instead. So, immediately upon getting home, I played D&D for 4 hours, while watching IL4 at the same time, which is fun, but not relaxing. At 7, I was back at work for another 14 hour shift.


Sunday I got off work at 9, ran an errand, went to a bookstore to buy Aaron his birthday gift, and interviewed a babysitter. It was family day, and we let Aaron choose what to do, since it was his birthday. He chose to watch Locke & Key. IL4 fell asleep, and when he woke, he had developed a nasty case of viral pink eye, so we stopped watching mid-episode, and I took him to bed.


Monday was a pain. IL4’s pink eye turned out to be bacterial. All the kids were home for President’s Day, and D13 had a therapy appointment. I let M10 sit with IL4 for a few minutes while I dropped D13 off, and again when I picked her up. I figured Aaron was downstairs working, so it would be ok – and it was.

Luckily, the nurses have a standing-order prescription for pink eye, and all I had to do was call them up and tell them he had bacterial pink eye.

At about 5, IL4 crashed and I sat in bed with him till 10 because said he was scared of the pain. He felt a little better when I agreed to put a bandaid on his forehead, though.


Tuesday IL4’s eyes were looking a bit better, so we knew the drops were working. I mostly relaxed at home with IL4, but I also had a fun visit with an inmate pen pal. We were expecting a big snowstorm over the next couple of days, so we were hunkering down for that.


Wednesday was the beginning of the snowpacalypse. It was a really unimpressive snowpacalypse, though. When IL4 awakened covered in a rash, I was easily able to haul him off to Urgent Care without shoveling my car out.

At UC, he was diagnosed with an ear infection and “strep with rash,” which they didn’t actually test him for. He was freaking out as if the doctor had some nefarious plans for him, and wouldn’t let the test kit near himself. The doctor decided she was “certain” it was strep based on the rash and appearance of the throat, and that he needed to be on antibiotics for the ear infection anyway.

I wonder if that was the same doctor who gave me antibiotics two weeks ago for strep because she was certain it was strep, then the strep test came back negative? Regardless, I am super convinced that the diagnosis was correct this time.


Thursday was fairly uneventful for a snow storm day. We got 18 inches of snow, and the kids were home from school. IL4 was feeling a lot better. In the evening, we played D&D.


Friday I was feeling sick again – well, I guess I’ve been feeling tired all week (I’m obviously fighting off an infection, and should probably get tested for strep this weekend.) IL4 threw a temper tantrum before speech therapy, making us 10 minutes late. M10 went with his mom for the weekend. D13 loved her first rehearsal for the middle school play.

Weight Loss – still plateaued at 20lbs.

Reading to IL4

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by mo willems
  • A Stone Sat Still, by Brendan Wenzel
  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, by Nick Bruel
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!, By Ben Clanton
  • Knight Owl, by Christopher Denise
  • The Good Egg, by Jory John

M10 reading

  • Fuzz, by Mary Roach


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

Media Partaken In

Season 2, episodes 1 – 4
4 – 6.5 hours in (COMPLETE)
Episode 25
5.5 – 6.25 hours in
Lecture 26 – 27
Lecture 28
11.75 – 10.5 hours behind
34 – 33.75 hours left
Episodes 1 – 2


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