We had the flu run through the house this week, hence the infrequent posting. We had a very similar experience to what B-Mama at Building Cathedrals describes here, where we all got sick a few days after my two- and three-year-old daughters got the swine flu nasal mist vaccine. They say that the live viruses in the vaccine can’t cause the flu, but I have to wonder about the timing. Anyway, what are you guys doing about flu vaccines this year?
One funny thing that came of me being sick is that I lost my voice. It certainly set a different tone for the house, and it was really cute how the kids kept answering me in whispers. But it was also exasperating when they’d be into some mischief and I couldn’t raise my voice to get their attention. You should have seen the delighted looks on their faces when I saw them pouring out Cheerios onto the kitchen floor from across the room and all I could do was wave my hands and whisper for them to stop.
I finally bought Four Witnesses after reading a bunch of reviews that basically said “I WILL CUT OFF MY RIGHT ARM IN PROTEST IF YOU DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!” Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but people seemed to really like it. I’m only about 30 pages in, but now I see why.
Rod Bennett does an incredible job of weaving in the writings of the earliest Christians with historical context about what was going on in the time and place in which they lived, and the result is a fascinating look into history that reads like a good novel. The only down side is that stayed up way too late last night reading it. A huge thank you to everyone who recommended it!
I’ve figured out what I believe is the best invention in the history of humankind. The wheel? Eh, it’s OK, but no. The printing press? Sure, I guess that was nice and all, but no. No, the by far greatest thing that the human mind has ever created is: That yellow line that indicates first down for football television broadcasts.
Who’s with me on that? I mean, you just can’t even quantify how much joy that technology has brought to the human experience. And can you imagine how many free beers you could get bought for you if you walked into random sports bars and announced, “I’m the dude who invented the yellow line!” Anyway, here’s a cool video on how it works:
How did it take me four babies to learn about the awesomeness that is Baby Mum Mum crackers? I’m buying stock in these things. They have saved my sanity on many a crazy morning when I’m trying to get the three toddlers fed and the baby is hungry too — I can toss her a Baby Mum Mum and she’ll happily chew on it for a couple minutes until I can get her her breakfast. And — here’s the best part — it’s not messy! It doesn’t turn into that mysterious sticky super-substance that seems to actually morph into the fabric of clothing like so many other teething crackers do! If you have a finger-foods-aged baby, I highly recommend them. (There was some talk of a recall , but evidently it’s cool now.)
My 95-year-old grandfather is cooking dinner for us again this weekend. I’m not sure what’s on the menu for this weekend, but here’s a glimpse of what we had last time:
A friend mentioned that she’s working hard this week to get her house all decluttered and clean to start the holiday season the right way. I love that idea. If I can ever get over being sick I might just have to do that myself. Anyone else doing any cool holiday prep stuff?
Have a good weekend, everyone!
I look forward to reading your posts!