SNOMG

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Pittsburgh area’s going to get a little bit of snow tonight and into tomorrow.

Reports vary between 3 to 7 inches all the way up to a foot.

I don’t care. (Well, I am going to stop and pick up orange juice. At a gas station on my way home. Then I won’t care.) I don’t plan in driving in it, though I could if I wanted to. (I’m an Erie girl with new tires on my car.)

I’ve renewed the library DVDs that were due tomorrow, and now the girls and I have no reason to leave the house. And I like it that way.

We are going to do arts and crafts, drink hot chocolate, watch TV. I will probably attempt to get some of the paper in my house under control (primarily by shredding old bills). I may get caught up on laundry.

I’m sure we will traipse out into the snow at some point. I’ll shovel, the girls will attempt to make snowballs and build a snowman.

Going outside in snow is actually an exercise in underpreparedness (if that’s a word) for us. The girls have snow pants and snow jackets and snow boots, but not snow gloves; their hands get very wet and cold. Their hats and scarves are fine. I don’t have any snow gear appropriate for sledding or snowman building. It’s kind of pathetic.

And while Flora delights in playing in snow, Kate finds it very hard to move when she’s all bundled up. It makes me giggle to see her. I feel a little bad about it. But as I’m attempting to build a snowman in one of Dan’s winter coats (WAY too big for me) and not get snow in my shoes, it’s impressive that I can laugh about something.

Random Thoughts: Cranky Version II

I honestly wonder if there is an underlying problem.

Bun is sick again. Last week, she had no ear infection, and she was perfectly healthy when we left on Friday for a weekend out of town.

And now? Fever — over 100 for two days — coughing so hard she gags, congestion, and continuing constipation. Not eating well, not drinking well, not sleeping well.

I wonder if there is something that is making her vulnerable to every virus that comes along. I am seriously concerned, and I am not sure what to do.

When I called my pediatrician, I was told the cough could last for up to three weeks. To make her comfortable, I should run a humidifier in her room (done) and I could give her some OTC cough syrup like Delsym. If she runs a fever again today, I can take her to the office.

Yippee skippy.

I am thinking of taking her back to a chiropractor. And also of putting her on a dairy-free diet. I think that may help with the congestion and constipation.

I just don’t know what else to do. Surgery — ear tubes and/or an adenoidectomy — are only going to address the ear infections. Not that would be any small feat. But I don’t know if that’s going to stop the sick cycle.

I kind of doubt it.

Also, if someone could tell me where I put all the plastic eggs for Easter I would really appreciate it. We have about two dozen around this house somewhere, and if I have to run out at lunch tomorrow — especially if it’s during the wintry mix we’re supposed to be getting — someone is going to be very, very unhappy. Monkey is supposed to be doing an egg hunt at preschool on Thursday, and she can’t if she doesn’t have eggs.

I would like to put in for some spring. Thank you.