Update April 22, 2023



Saturday was a hard day. It started out with an oh, $*** moment when I looked at my schedule for the day. I’d had trouble the day before focusing on tasks, but I wanted nothing to do with my schedule on Saturday.

I woke D13 for her all day dress rehearsal, and then headed off to help with the costume preparation for M10’s musical show. I had to come home early, though, because I was so tired I felt like I was going to faint. Then, I kept falling asleep during D&D, and finally bailed on the game. I say “finally,” but I only made it about a half hour in. It was a hard day to miss, because we almost lost two characters, which may not have happened if I was there.

After that, dad, Aaron, and I tried out a new restaurant – and it was fantastic. Then D13, Aaron, and I watched a couple episodes of X-files.


Sunday I had a bookclub bruch with my friends Liz and Estelle.Then Aaron and I cleared out the room in the basement that has flooding. Afterwards, Aaron, D13, and M10 went to the new Dungeons and Dragons movie.


Monday we had the asbestos tiles removed from the basement room that has flooding. While that was going on, I ran to the pharmacy to pick up four free COVID tests before insurance stopped paying. I should be able to get them next month, too. Afterwards, IL4 and I poured baking soda in a shot glass of vinegar. D13 had a dress rehearsal for her upcoming play.


Tuesday was a day of delicious nonproductivity. Instead of trying to get everything done that I could, I planned summer (trying to figure out if I’d saved enough money to have fun with the kids – and I have!) Then, I went to the classy new pizzaria and walked a mile each way from there to Joann Fabrics to buy some floss and aida fabric. D13 says she’ll learn to cross-stitch with me. I have a little kit picked out for her to start on, and I’m doing a Baby Groot.


Wednesday was my scheduled day of rest (yes, I rested Tuesday, too. So what?) I took IL4 for an eye appointment – apparently his eyes are 20/30, so, slight prescription, but not enough that they want him to wear glasses.

Then I played D&D. It’s my first in-story day for a full moon, and I’m curious if I’ll get to privacy before I turn into a were-leopard. But it was 2pm (in-story) when we stopped, so I won’t find out till next week.

After that M10 and I went to the Mario movie.


Thursday I meant to be a big productivity day. I had plans. Big plans. Great plans. But instead I ate lunch with Aaron. (I mean, I needed to bring him his forgotten phone, right? That was necessary?) Then I took a nap. At least I ran some errands first. A new productivity week starts Saturday. D13 had her opening night of her play, and Aaron and M10 attended.


Despite the endless potty jokes (dad says I was cleaning the $*** out of IL4, bowel evacuation day went poorly. I tried giving IL4 a quarter-square of exlax, to no avail. He was absolutely not convinced it was chocolate. He did put it in his mouth and pretended to chew when I tried bribing him.

Next, I tried powdering it in the pill crusher and poured it in some chocolate milk, but it just formed a sediment. So I bought an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen – that was me going through the drive through the minute DQ opened – and sprinkled the crushed exlax on the top. He licked around the sprinkles and made the icecream teeter over because he was licking from the bottom.

I decided maybe I’d gotten some into him. Maybe? So I started the 4 capfulls of Miralax. I was supposed to put it in Gatorade, but he doesn’t drink Gatorade, and I decided after the Exlax fiasco, I’d stick to nice familiar apple juice. Not a perfect solution, but whatever.

At this point, my online productivity accountability group made me feel so much better with this conversation:

Me: I’m about to give him 4 caps of Miralax.

George: I hope the 4 cups of Miralax goes better.

Me: OMG! 4 caps! 4 cups would be a $***-ton.

George: Just how much is a $***-ton?

Alex: I believe it’s slightly less than a metric $***-tonne.

Anyway, the evacuation was not complete at the end of the day, so we’ll have to try again Monday. I was happy to go to work at the end of that day.

Week’s Photos

IL4 put on his own blush

Reading to IL4

  • Llama Rocks the Cradle of Chaos, by Jonathan Stutzman & Heather Fox
  • Tiny T-Rex and the Very Dark Dark, by Jonathan Stutzman & Jay Fleck
  • Superfly, the World’s Smallest Superhero, by Todd H Doodler
  • Pugicorn, by Matilda Rose & Tim Budgen
  • The Adventures of Caveboy, by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & Eric Wight
  • Press Start: Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy, by Thomas Flintham

M10 reading

  • School of Fear, by Gitty Daneshvari

D13 reading

  • The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin
  • Exile, by Shannon Messenger


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

Media Completed


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