Update March 11, 2023



Saturday, I worked till 11:30am, then immediately started playing a 5 hour session of D&D. Then I pretty much crashed for the day. M10 had a great time at the Pinewood Derby with his mom.


Let me tell you, by Sunday I was sick of being sick. I understand the lingering cough, but the 2-week-long sore throat? The shortness if breath? I wonder if I had the flu…but I had no fever. It’s not strep or COVID, that’s all I know.

Anyway, Sunday I relaxed through the first half and had family day through the second half. We played Uno (IL4 is really getting to understand the rules!) and Charades for Kids, which has pictures of what you’re supposed to act out so that kids who can’t read can play. About half the time, IL4 would tell us what it was before acting it out. Then we watched Hunger Games while IL4 hid in his blanket fort with the computer.

M10 had rehearsal for his musical show. D13 had been with her mom, and was feeling a bit glum after leaving her.  ☹️


Still sick on Monday with this never-ending virus. I’d been hoping to go to Urgent Care, but the daycare called and said they thought IL4 had pink eye. I didn’t agree. Yes, he had eye crusties, but his eyes weren’t pink. So he, dad, and I went to Perkins for lunch.

Before that call came in, D13 had a doctor appointment and I had someone look at the basement to give us a quote on fixing the flooding. His quote was very reasonable considering the gigantic quote we got from the other guy. I’d been thinking of cancelling the basement guy due to illness, but decided two weeks in I’m probably not contagious, and I could just wear a mask.

In the evening, D13 had middle school play rehearsal followed immediately by Willy Wonka rehearsal. M10 skipped Willy Wonka rehearsal to go to his dress rehearsal for his graduation from Cub Scouts into Scouts BSA. IL4 slept most of the evening, and I crashed early.


Still sick on Tuesday. I wanted to go to Urgent Care, because I’m sick of this, but I had IL4 home due to the maybe pink eye. Instead, I took him to the doctor, who decided to treat the eye just in case. Aaron, dad, and I went to Outback Steakhouse after D13 got back from rehearsal. She didn’t want to come, and neither did M10.

I guess one benefit of being sick more than two weeks is that I’m not hungry, so I’m losing weight. Probably just dehydrated and have an empty gut, but I’ve lost 6lbs in 2 weeks.


Still sick on Wednesday. Ugh. IL4 had an audiology appointment since they had trouble testing him at his Well-Child visit in February. The older kids had Willy Wonka rehearsal in the evening.


Thursday. Guess what. Still sick. M10 had a play at school based on the story Fly Away Home, by Eve Bunting. He did great. Then D13 had an orthodontist appointment – another “few weeks” of alligners upcoming! We thought we were done. We pick those up in a month, so we have a break from scanning her mouth weekly, at least. It’s a hard task with IL4 around, and we both hate doing it. Then I napped for 2.5 hours, and awoke with a worse sore throat than when I went to sleep. We ended the evening with our family game of D&D.


Friday was excellent. Despite a slightly sore throat, I felt almost normal. I even got some cleaning done! If this keeps up, I’ll be able to start exercising again on Monday. I took the day to read and relax. M10 had rehearsal for his special villager part in Willy Wonka.

Reading to IL4

  • Tiny T Rex and the Impossible Hug, by Jonathan Stutzman and Jay Fleck
  • We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, by Ryan T Higgins
  • Don’t Feed the Coos, by Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox
  • Little Good Wolf, by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
  • Off to See the Sea, by Nikki Grimes and Elizabeth Zunon
  • Eva’s Treetop Festival, by Rebecca Elliot
  • The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken, by Doreen Cronin
  • Peppa Pig George’s Race Car

M10 reading

  • Fuzz, by Mary Roach

D13 reading

  • Waiting for Unicorns, by Beth Hautala
  • The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskel


  • 1 letter Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter Virginia Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter Michigan Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter Maine Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter California Department of Corrections
  • 1 letter Alberta, Canada

Media Partaken In

Episode 5
9.75 – 8 hours left
Episodes 8 – 9
7.5 – 8 hours in (COMPLETE)
Lecture 30 – 31
1.5 – 2 hours in
Lecture 29
Pg 100 – 152@
Episodes 1 – 6
Pg 228 – 248
Start – 5 hours left
Pg 175 – 200


Games Played


EXPLANATION: I have separated my productivity time into life, body, spirit and mind. My goal is for the month of March is 60 hours mind, 12 hours body, 80 hours spirit. I don’t have a life goal, because the purpose of this exercise is to spend less time on life, and more time on personal development. I consider all structured necessary productivity to be life. I make the goals challenging, and reward myself for 80% or more completion.

This week’s productivity.
This week’s goals. I am shocked to have (almost) reached 80% in all categories despite being sick all week. Yay!

Weight loss journey

My latest Conquerer Challenge postcard
About 10k less than last week, but I worked out twice last week and took it easy this week

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