Update April 15, 2023



Saturday I was still feeling pretty burnt out. But I went to Hamilton with D13, and that was a lot of fun.


Easter was a beautiful day at first. After getting off work at 8am, I went to church with dad. Then we had my friend Liz, her brother Ben, and her nephew L8 come over to hunt for eggs and play. Aaron helped me cook dinner. I cooked vegetables/sausage/potatoes mix (made them too spicy) & the corn casserole. Aaron cooked the ham and the mashed potatoes. Then we watched Notting Hill.


Monday started with an appointment for M10. After that, dad, IL4, and I walked to the park. The trip was crazy intense. I forgot how dad is on trips like that. First, I broke the stroller trying to adjust for a bigger child. We took him in the wagon. But the nut was missing on the wagon, and IL4 pulled out the bolt, and dad screamed at IL4 about it. Then, I assembled the kite wrong, so I had to jerry-rig it. By the time that had happened, the wind had dissipated.

We went to the playground, but IL4 ran off because he wanted to go to the gas station. I dropped the kite and chased after him, catching him just before the busy street. I took him to the gas station and got him a sprite, but he also wanted a candy bar and was difficult to get away.

Then dad walked to the hardware store and bought a nut, but he stabbed himself really deeply trying to get it put together, swear-yelling in front of all the kids in the playground.

IL4 then peed behind a tree (with my permission), and after hanging out for a while, we left. I had taken 4 books from the little free library, but lost two on the walk home.

Later we went to Outback in order to get an extra steak for M10’s feeding therapy appointment the next day.


Tuesday started out with M10’s appointment being cancelled – so now I have an extra steak lying around. It won’t last two weeks, so we’ll have to go get another steak then. Yes, I COULD cook one, but I figured I was better off making sure it’s a well-cooked steak rather than my rather amateur attempts. D13 had an appointment, and after that, I took a nice long nap. I’m burnt out from these 60 hour work weeks.


Wednesday I spent the day rushing around in an unstructured manner. I got to play D&D, but in a distracted sort of way, as I was multitasking. Then I went to work.


Thursday D13 had 2 appointments, so we spent the whole day together – having lunch with her dad and running some errands. We all played family D&D in the evening.


Friday started with a GI appointment for IL4. The doctor decided that IL4 had a classic case of fecal impaction, where he’s so constipated that a rock solid stool has collected in his gut, leading to all the GI problems, stool withholding,  and lack of appetite. She says it’ll take months of household poop obsession to clear him out and get him pooping normally. Yay. I’ll find out more about what that entails when I get my detailed instructions. Later, he had speech therapy. Then we went to the park and had icecream after some running around.

In the evening Aaron grilled, and then D13 and I watched Heathers. She’d been really wanting to watch it for a long time and I finally succumbed. It was even worse than I remembered it being. Disgustingly rapey and homophobic. It made me feel sick that this was ok movie material in the ’80s. I mean, I guess you can’t expect much from a movie where the plot is two teens killing their classmates and making it appear like suicide.

Week’s Photos

Reading to IL4

  • The Legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin, by Joe Troiano & Susan Banta
  • PJ Masks: Operation Easter Egg
  • Owl Diaries: Eva Sees a Ghost, by Rebecca Elliott
  • Nelly Gnu and Daddy too, by Anna Dewdney
  • Berenstain Bears and the Truth, by Stan Berenstain
  • When You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff & Felecia Bond
  • Llama Destroys the World, by Jonathan Stutzman & Heather Fox
  • Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse, by Jonathan Stutzman & Heather Fox
  • Llama Rocks the Cradle of Chaos, by Jonathan Stutzman & Heather Fox

M10 reading

  • My Teacher is an Alien, by Bruce Coville
  • School of Fear, by Gitty Daneshvari

D13 reading

  • When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Keller
  • The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin


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

Media Completed


Weight loss journey

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