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Today was our *one day off* from appointments. No doctor, no dentist, no orthodontist or optometrist. Nothing!

Yesterday, Ana had a mild headache all day. Last night, she was itchy. This morning, she woke up with a sore throat. Headache + itchy + sore throat = strep test, and I have to go to the doctor. I was just freaking at the doctor!
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Monday was a disaster, and we really struggled to get the work done I'd planned. Ditto Tuesday. Another day, another appointment, but I've smartened up! No plans!

The dentist visit was pleasant and efficient and we're left with nothing to do the rest of the day. Why? WHY?
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Should I get Superman, Batman, or Spiderman themed? I'm getting fabric bandaids for me, and hopefully I can fob the girls off with superheroes. No matter how injured Baby Jill or Moosie gets, they do not really need bandaids!
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I managed to sign them up for swimming, despite having forgotten Eva's swimming report card to confirm she's in guppy (we agreed to sign her up for guppy under the condition that if the instructor decides I'm nuts she goes back to polliwog), to find several of our bathing suits, to MAKE A PHONE CALL (truly, this is a red letter day) and make an appointment with a new optometrist, having given up on the old one completely, to recite the atm card number from memory and thus pay for the orthodontist and to make a new appointment there (boy howdy, does Ana ever need braces), and to get some math and writing done.

Yea, verily, I am a rock star.
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The dental insurance card
The regular insurance card (turns out we're not covered by that optometrist anyway)
The ATM card
The pita bread
The hummus
Upon leaving the orthodontist, the umbrellas (I'll swing by tomorrow and pick them up then)

Yessirree bob, I was on a goddamn roll today, one with butter and onions and some nice pastrami. Wait, lost that metaphor. Just add "my metaphor" to the list.

The children also forgot something:

Their manners

Seriously, they're supposed to know better than to roll around on the floor of the waiting room!
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This was accompanied by both a boil AND a backache. I am not a happy pig :(
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So, today we had Ana's follow-up doctor's appointment. And my mother also had a follow-up - she fainted a few weeks ago and was found to have high blood pressure.

So we all went together to the doctor. Ana's appointment was at 9. We were there at 9. By 10, I realized we had been utterly forgotten, and reminded the receptionist that we were waiting patiently, handing out crayons and paper to any child who wanted it. We finally saw the doctor at 11, and we were out of there in 5 minutes flat.

Now, my mother's appointment was at 11:30. This was great, as it meant she could keep Eva in the waiting room and I didn't have her jumping around while I tried to talk to the doctor.

We went down to my mother's appointment... and were told that this doctor "is no longer working here". We made the appointment less than three weeks ago. Now, to give her her due, the receptionist was more than aware that somebody had screwed up in not informing patients that they had to reschedule, and she made a heroic effort to get all of us with that same doctor rescheduled today, eventually calling one doctor and outright begging him to see my mom, as it'd be difficult for her to take a different day off.

Which worked, thankfully, and it's good I was there, as I'm pretty sure my mom would've bolted otherwise. I mean, I wanted to bolt, and it wasn't even my appointment!

So that was today. We'll try to finish up some math, and we'll try to finish up some history and current events, but it'll be remarkable if we get much done.
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That thought won't fill anybody with glee, but it simply has to be done. TOO MANY APPOINTMENTS.


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Yemen Troops Clash With Shiite Rebels in Capital

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Our neighbor came home, and the cat, Tommy, ran down to his van and started really pouring on the charm, rubbing up against the van and purring and everything. It was adorable.

Everybody is sleepy today. Yaaaaaaawn.


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Stonehenge secrets revealed by underground map

ISIS or ISIL? The debate over what to call Iraq’s terror group

Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations

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When Scientists Give Up

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Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo

People near 'fracking' wells report health woes

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

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Male Birth Control, Without Condoms, Will Be Here by 2017

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Ukraine says Russia withdrawing forces from east, sees boost for peace

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Advice columns from decades past provide a chilling glimpse into the horrors of marriage counselling before feminism

Tempers flare as mass flood evacuations begin in Kashmir
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Today it's asthma. Really, really bad. We had to make a nighttime trip to the ER, which is not my favorite spot.

However, I am not certain Ana really needed *six* nebulizer treatments, nor medicine to be taken every four hours for two days. The impression I got of this doctor, even before round six of the nebulizer (or round four, for that matter), was that he was a little over-eager and zealous. I mean, we'll do it, but I'm not gonna panic over it unless she starts wheezing again.

And we'll be back at the doctor on Friday. Sheesh. I ought to carry a sleeping bag with me!
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When she wasn't clutching her stomach and crying she was pulling the blanket over her eyes and crying, and mostly she just slept. Like, the whole day, and then the whole night after. She managed to rally long enough to do 2 math problems so long as I did the work (she gets tunnel vision during migraines, and some other visual effects) and then passed back out. And that was all the schoolwork she did. Frankly, I'm amazed she managed that much. She's a trooper.

Now, I'm pretty familiar with migraine symptoms, although it somehow always takes until the tunnel vision appears for me to remember that this is what it's all adding up to. But this was so bad the only thing stopping me from taking her to the doctor was the fact that I didn't want to drag her onto the bus if it wasn't strictly necessary.

We eventually decided she might go when her mom got home, so she and Eva got dressed. Eva, in the course of this, realized she had to find her shoe. She thought it might be under the footstool, so she climbed onto the footstool to look under this. She didn't see it, so she kept leaning forward to see further under until she accidentally executed a handstand and then, as I leaned forward, a back flip. Too bad she couldn't stick the landing.

So we decided to take both girls to the doctor in the morning if they weren't feeling better. Well, they woke up and Ana said her tummy and head still hurt, and Eva insisted on hopping everywhere because she couldn't put weight on her injured foot. Three minutes after we walk into the doctor's office and they're both running in circles and bouncing off the walls. This happens every freaking time. They could at least have the courtesy to remain on death's door until after we're checked in! The doctor must think I'm a hypochondriac! I felt so stupid going "Well, we thought her foot might actually be broken, but she's stopped hopping" and "Well, it looked even worse than most migraines, but she wasn't jumping off furniture then AND SHOULD NOT BE NOW! SIT DOWN!!! ON YOUR BUTT NOT YOUR HEAD!" and the like.

Migraines and asthma are, of course, the other reason for homeschooling. She missed a lot of school last year due to either having one or the other in the morning, or having had one the night before (and thus not being in good shape come the morning), or having to go to the doctor for a follow-up after an asthma attack, and even when she was at school she wasn't always *there* because she was groggy or she was suffering from the lingering or beginning stages of asthma or migraines or both.

Anyway, yesterday we did pretty much bupkis, and today we did math, and we did history (creation myths from various cultures), and we even managed a little writing in the form of our own creation myths. And then... Eva asked me to assign her even more work. What is WITH this kid? So I gave her a research assignment, comparing and contrasting lions and tigers. That should keep her occupied. I really need to figure out the assignment(s) that will teach this girl to punctuate. A page and a half of the origin of the universe, and not a period to be found. Ye gods.
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It's somewhere in the house. Any and all suggestions will be entertained, and the winning contestant will win a trip to Disneyland, provided they pay for it themselves.

It was on the dining room table last night as I ate my salad. I finished my salad, walked upstairs, put the feta and the salad dressing in the fridge, retrieved the croutons from the fridge where I had absentmindedly put them, walked to my room, changed my clothes (card isn't in a pocket, I checked), discovered my Kindle and went to bed.

It is not on the table anymore. It is not on the floor near the table. Where did it go?


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Pakistan navy repels militant attack at Karachi dockyard

Iraq and Syria )

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New research shows that nerve endings in the fingertips perform neural computations that were thought to occur in the brain.

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Week 2!

Sep. 8th, 2014 04:27 pm
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Well, we all overslept. The girls overslept because they stayed up late. *I* overslept because Ana snuck into my room in the middle of the night and stole my phone, aka "my alarm clock".

Still, despite having a 2 hour delayed start, I think we did pretty well. My goal is to add a subject a week. Last week we did math and current events, and we continued that this week while adding in world history. Got started with a bang, the big bang, we went to the park and drew a huge timeline with 12 billion years ago waaaaaaay back there and all of human history crammed in waaaaaay at the other end.

So they really grasped the point there, and then we spent a pleasant half hour making chalk drawings on the ground. NOT what I planned, but, uh, it's art. Which they wanted to do and I wasn't even sure how we were going to do it anyway. So win! Eva drew a girl with a head remarkably like an onion, but that was a coincidence.

We were going to make dirt using oreos and chocolate pudding, but the pudding never set and I had to redo it, and anyway all the dirt recipes call for cream cheese, so we just ate the oreos and pudding and gummy worms separately after lunch. The recipe went over much better with the humans than Ana's yesterday recipe, tuna cupcakes. However, in her defense, the cats went wild for tuna cupcakes.
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In the process of cleaning she found my keys, my social security card, and one of the girls' two hijabs, which Ana immediately put on her head. Well, I suppose that's where it goes.

Then we proceeded to build the storage center, and when I say "we" built it I mean to say that Ana built it by herself while Jenn and I sat around ineffectually. She didn't need us at all. At one point she had to shove a board onto several sets of pegs. It was balanced nicely, and Jenn, thinking Ana didn't have enough leverage, pushed down on one end. It see-sawed alarmingly. So I pushed down on the other end. Same thing. Ana, horrified, gave a huge sigh, declared she had to do everything herself, and proceeded to jump on and off the furniture, using her butt to effectively wedge the plank onto the pegs. It was freaking adorable. Especially since she was wearing that hijab. She's 127% more adorable when wearing things on her head.


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