Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wine and Zyrtec do not mix

This morning before we went to a friend's house for lunch, I took a Zyrtec to battle some allergy issues that started this week. While at lunch, I had 1.5 glasses of wine over a 4 hour period. Well, let me tell you, by the time we got home, I was so tired I just couldn't keep my eyes open. I tried to stay up, but by 6 PM I was done and just had to go to bed. Now, if I had been able to just stay asleep, all would've been fine. Yes, I would wake about 4 AM, but that would be ok.

Only, at about 8:30 PM, my oldest comes into the room and says, "Mom, Dad and I cannot find K." K is our almost 4 year old. Of course, I said, "what do you mean, you cannot find K?" They proceed to tell me that they've searched the house everywhere and cannot find him, that they were reading a story together and K decided he was tired and going to bed. My husband was ready to get in the car and go searching, thinking he must have left the house. Cue panicky Mom here!!!! But, I held my wits about me enough to go to K's room and check his bed. Sure enough, he was fast asleep in his bed, but under the covers. Apparently, the boys only did a visual inspection, not thinking to feel the lumps of the bed to see if it might actually be K. Whew, no lost baby!!! Of course, I was never able to go back to sleep after that. So, here I sit catching up on this blog. . . .Perhaps I shall try to sleep now, after checking in on the boys one more time. G'night. . . .

An American Thing - I Guess!

Ok, ever since we joined the Foreign Service, I've noticed something in every country we've been stationed. . .the locals look at me like I am downing a bottle of poison should I ever put ice in my drink. Apparently, much of the world believes that drinks are not meant to be cold and certainly never ever should include ice. Well, I'm not changing my ways on this. Nothing beats a frosty mug, filled with ice and my favorite soda and the ONLY way I enjoy a glass of water is if it is ICE COLD. I guess it is just an American thing, or maybe it's just me?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Weekend Bully

My baby, my big guy, one in the same to me. But, I know my almost 8 year old is not a baby. He is a good kid. He, like his parents, is small for his age. I don't know if this is the reason or if there is another, but a neighborhood bully is starting to really bug the heck out of me. What hurt T the most, however, is that when this bully threw a basketball at him, his friend followed suit. It was bad enough that the bully came over to our house and asked for T, but in reality was just here to get T's friend and get him to leave T behind.

I am trying to not "take over" and let T handle this himself. The thing is that this bully is around only on the weekends. And, when he is not around, T's friend is over playing all the time. But, according to T, when the bully is around, the friend leaves T in the dust. And, if the friend does invite T to join, the bully does everything he can to try to get rid of my T. So, T has decided he will not play with the bully at all, but will talk to his friend. I'm so hoping for the best outcome on this. The friend is a good kid and they do have such fun together, he has very nice parents too.

I was half tempted to tell the parents about the incident, but hubby told me we need to try to let T work this out for himself. The one conclusion we came up with together (T, hubby and me) is that a bully will try to isolate you in order to pick on you. That is why having friends who stand by your side makes it so the bully cannot isolate you. Failing that, just walk away. I hope we are helping him in the right direction!?!?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A promise is a promise

Ok, so when we adopted our second dog (Sophie) from the streets of Portugal, I promised that would be it. We would never have more than two dogs and would one day return to being a one-dog-only household.

I have seen so many strays since that promise. Though each and every one tugs at my heart, I have recently met a stray that somehow tugs even more. She is so skinny and probably pregnant. I now understand how to spot this in an animal on the verge of starvation after taking in Sophie only to find that she was pregnant. I made a promise to not take in any more dogs. And, I understand that we just cannot do that. But, what if I just invite her over to our driveway for some food each time she passes by. I can do that can't I?