Friday, January 13, 2017

7 Quick Takes about Detailed Medical Updates, Linguistic Issues We Need to Solve Right Now, and Putting Expensive Textbooks to Work

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?


Well, the cold I had over Christmas has turned into a full-blown sinus infection. 

According to Google, sinus infection sufferers can expect to feel 'moderate to severe sinus pain.' Which seems pretty played-down considering that by Monday I was crying and begging my husband to hold a pillow over my face until I stopped struggling.

By Tuesday, I'd taken up snorting salt water in an effort to get some relief. (It works, by the way, but only if you don't accidentally snort too hard and it goes into your lungs. It still clears out your sinuses, but you'll also cough for 10 minutes and then worry about dying from secondary drowning in your bed that night.)

The good news is, my sinus infection is less painful now. The bad news is it's turned into post-nasal drip, which is every bit as disgusting as it sounds.

I can't believe you are still reading this.


Yesterday it was 55 degrees out and we went to the park with no jackets, but earlier in the week it snowed 4" and everyone went nuts as always.

The parking lot at the grocery store near our house was 100% full of people preparing for the apocalypse. I don't understand. Seriously, how much toilet paper do you need to get through 6 hours of snowfall??


Confession: I become completely disoriented by the "sign up" and "log in" buttons on websites.

Because there are also sites that say "sign in" which is a mashup of the two and I CANNOT DEAL. I can never remember if I'm signing up or logging in or signing in, and the longer I think about which is which, it's like that scene in Tommy Boy where the words just lose any meaning at all. Road. Ro-aaad.

I have a Bachelor's degree in English and this shouldn't be so hard. The world needs to come to a consensus on a standard wording ASAP.


Phillip used to keep his grad school textbooks on a shelf in his office to make him look smart (and occasionally look things up, I guess) but at his new job he has no room for them. So they've been sitting in our bedroom for months.

Finally he decided to start paring them down. In the meantime, I'm finding inventive new uses around the house for the ones he wants to keep.

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I can't remember where this humidifier came from, but judging by the looks of it I'd say the 1800s.

For instance, I like Applied Linear Statistical Models for keeping the humidifier from rattling at night. Suggestions on what to do with the others are welcome.


I used my fingernail to slit the sticker sealing the opening of a new canister of baby formula and Phillip, who was watching nearby, said "Wow, you're like Wolverine."

Yes, I'm expecting a recruitment letter from Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters any day now.


My least favorite parenting mind phenomenon has got to be the one where you're doing something and even though you're vaguely aware of some repetitive noise going on in the background, it takes several more minutes for it to register that (1) the noise shouldn't be happening, and (2) it sounds destructive.

And of course by then it's too late, but you turn around to see the toddler using the detached handle of his wagon to whack a dozen Swiss cheese-like holes into the wall.

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There was no logic or discernible motive behind this, just a 2-year-old.

Please tell me this is a thing that happens to other parents.

When his older brother was the same age, I was painting his room and kept hearing an out-of-place noise behind me. When it finally hit me that I'd been hearing it for some time, I turned around and sure enough, there he was, sitting on his bed happily stabbing his mattress with a screwdriver.

Maybe it's just genetic.


Out of the blue, my 5-year-old told me "We're rich because we have lots of kids!"

Why yes, dear, children are treasures and what a deep philosophical statement for a preschooler to make!

Actually, though, when I asked a few follow-up questions I found out she meant that rich people have a lot of stuff and since we, too, have a lot of something (children) we must also be rich.

So she didn't mean it the same way, but yes, I think having a big family makes us very rich indeed. It was still a good reminder to count my blessings.

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Steffydd said...

We have an almost identical abstract art design on our wall in the office, but ours was made with a HAMMER! Levi wasn't going to waste his time with a silly plastic handle.

Kelly said...

Thank you for the laughs! I hate logging in to every damn website I visit. How many user names and passwords does one person need?!

Carolyn Astfalk said...

The passwords are too much. Way too much. Our email ones are driving me BONKERS!!!

The Lady Okie said...

Ah! Sign up and log in gets me almost every time! I am so glad you said this because I totally thought it was just me. I'M NOT ALONE.

Alicia @ Sweeping Up Joy said...

So glad we're not the only ones! My 3 yo went at our wall with a butter knife. Right by the front door. That way he can tell people he "stabbed it with a knife" while they're close enough to the door to still escape. :S

Unknown said...

Fun post. We had the same humidifier. I'm glad you've still got yours.

The Runcible Pen said...

Just this week, my toddler decided that hitting our hardwood floors very hard with his wooden broom makes a great noise - and lots of dents in the floor :(

AnneMarie said...

Your preschooler's comment is just adorable!

Lyndsay said...

Omgosh! My parents had a humidifier that looked just like that growing up! That brought back some memories!

Marler said...

I found that netipots are much easier than snorting salt water, and you can get them at the grocery store so that means they must be generally accepted as a good idea.

Crystal Green from Sharing Life's Moments said...

That was so sweet. I like the we are rich because we have a lot of kids.

Jenny Evans said...

I was pretty freaked out the first time I saw them. A teapot-looking thing you pour into your NOSE? But yeah, it would probably be less dangerous than my current method.

Jenny Evans said...

Ours could actually be the same one. I really don't remember where we got it at all.

Jenny Evans said...

Mouth of babes.

Jenny Evans said...

Ouch. For the name "hardwood," you'd think it wouldn't dent so easily. We have wood floors in most of our house, too, and we're probably going to have to replace all of it by the time our kids are done with it!

Jenny Evans said...

Don't get me started on the passwords... I can't even use the same one everywhere because some require a special character and a number while others don't allow it. And then they lock you out if you put it in incorrectly 5 times, or say you can get your password if you answer some security question that you ALSO can't remember the answer to... like I said, don't get me started.

Jenny Evans said...

Phillip looked at me like I had 3 heads when I told him this. He said that had never happened to him, ever.


Unknown said...

I hope you're feeling better! And I think our husbands have similar book collections. ;) Ours look a little funny on the bookshelf with one half advising related books from me and the other half a bunch of books that are like a foreign language to me haha!