In no particular order here is what is swilling around in my head:
- I had the flu, now the girls seem to be getting it. We had our flu shots and were supposedly vaccinated against the strain that is circulating in the area. The next person who says "imagine how sick you would be if you had not been vaccinated" will get junk-punched because the magnitude of the illness doesn't really matter. Running a dangerously high fever, being achy, snotty and phlegmy while taking care of kids is a major no-go, even if you are "less sick" than is humanly possible. Dealing with two sick kids is no easier just because "it is not as bad." So far the house record is The Flu: 2, The Flu Vaccine: 0.
- The winter needs to end since service providers in this state seem to think they can just quit working if there is a single snowflake on the ground. The mailman keeps leaving snotty notes about digging out our mailbox (not going to happen thanks to the super shitty job the DoT did with plowing and I reckon if you can get the note in there you can get the mail in there), our oil guy won't deliver unless the entire driveway is completely clear even though he only needs to use 2/3 of it (the same 2/3 I use to get the Subaru in and out so I know it is perfectly clear), the FedEx guys just don't bother and the garbage men have only showed up 50% of the time since the new year. While I think Adam Corolla is kind of an elitist jerk, he makes a lot of good points about how all our lives are being dominated by "$8 an hour assholes" who think the fate of the universe rests on their shoulders yet, they never seem to do the job. Believe me I get that it is sucky to have to schlep out and do your job when everyone else is getting a snow day (see above about having the flu while still caring for two little kids), but that is why it is called "work" and not "play."
- Cha Cha has taken to wearing her cat costume, ears and a tail, everywhere, all the time, even to bed. I don't really care, but I am pleasantly surprised by the reactions we get when we are out and about. No one misses a beat. They just say "Hi kitty cat" and move on. Goddess knows if we had been doing this in VA everyone would have had to tell me all about it and what I was doing wrong with my kids, but here, eh, kids are kids, whatever.
- Bitz has raised the art of having Compulsive Annoying Behavior Syndrome (CABS) to a whole new level. It has gotten to the point where I feel like a crazy person sneaking around my own house just because I don't want to deal with her insanity. I just want to open the dryer without her immediately slamming my hand in it, or do the dishwasher without her freaking out and ripping the top drawer off the hinges. Run the water in the sink? I think not, then you have to deal with a tantrum because she wants to wash her hands for three straight hours. Go to the bathroom? Not unless you want to deal with her crashing in and unrolling all the toilet paper in a flash. Like I don't have enough on my plate with Cha Cha the "bossy boiler" minding everyone's business, now I have a 30 pound ball of fury to work around. Now I remember why toddlerhood kind of sucks.
- Got my taxes done. We got kind of screwed thanks to how the NAVY handles pay adjustments and bonuses, but no worries. The return will still pre-pay all our oil for next year and allow a few indulgences.
- My indulgence will probably be an e-reader of some nature. I like Chris' Kindle, but I am not a book buyer by nature so I am thinking of doing the Nook since our local library system supports e-loans of texts. I am open to any and all input on that front. What do you guys have or want?
- In big political news, VA and many other states have ruled that the Individual Mandate of the Health Care Reform Package is unconstitutional. This is being presented as a republican initiative; though I am not sure it is anything more than states jumping on board the court train in the desperate hopes that they won't have to pay for insuring people. Either way I kind of agree with the ruling. While I am not thrilled with supporting anything marketed as right-wing, forcing people to buy insurance is not the answer. The theory that it would "force" people onto state/federal insurance plans was good, but you kind of can't make people pay for stuff they don't want. You can require that everyone be insured, but only if you offer a national health plan that everyone can afford. Since we failed to provide such an insurance plan, we can't make people buy stuff they can't afford, don't think they want, or think they don't need. We need a national health-care system, we need a lot more health-care reform but, this may not be the way to do it. Sadly we the country will not be able to make any more changes because the "ruling class" is now staunch supporters of the theory that "if you don't have health care I guess you don't deserve it."