Archives for December 2007

Holiday Rant

What She Wore: Black capris; black tee; gray, cable-knit, hooded sweater with a zipper; black and gray herringbone mary janes with two little straps.

Tis the season for a little ranting, right? Today I am trying to address Christmas cards. I like to send the photo kind of card–mainly because that is my favorite kind to receive. I love seeing how everyone is doing and growing. Here’s the thing–I like sending CHRISTMAS cards. My card this year reads “Christmas 2007.” As if we’ve all just graduated from the event. I hate that. I went to several sites and all the card I found said “happy holidays” or some other crap. Seriously, is it that hard to offer the option of a Christmas card? I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas–I’m not an idiot–but why can’t I get any choices? The research I did shows me that there are about 150 million Christians living in the US. Surely I’m not the only one who wants to send a cute photo card. I’ve looked over the cards my Mother-in-law has recieved this year. A couple of them are religious is nature–they’re also heinously ugly. Glitter, woodland creatures, and other business. Seriously, is being a Christian just un-hip and out-dated? Christmas is about celebrating a miracle and celebrating the reason for faith. Can it be that hard to make a card that says, “Merry Christmas?”

Personally, I think that most of us have just dropped the ball. We don’t even notice that cards don’t say Merry Christmas. We think that Happy Holidays is a synonym. For a lot of years it was OK with me. But this year is different. I’m celebrating my own miracle–my faith. I needed more than “Christmas 2007.” Nothing out there could adequately capture the joy, the amazement, the revelation that this year has been. It’s a shame.

End rant. Feel free to move about the cabin.

Life is Good

What She Wore: grey LSU long-sleeve tee; blue jeans; slip-on tennis shoes.

When we moved into our “new-to-you” house we had the heater replaced. It was putting out “greater than recommended” amounts of carbon monoxide. Now, the last thing you want to do is poison your family while they sleep, so we went ahead and got a new one before we officially moved in.

Wouldn’t you know that the dang thing would stop working this weekend? Just in time for one of the few times this year when the temperature will dip below freezing. We’ve only been in the house about five days. We don’t want to pay for a weekend service call, so we’re back at my Mother-in-law’s until Monday.

Even so, I’m feeling pretty darn good these days. Our follow-up with the nuerosurgeon was on Friday and the news was better than good. Not only are Charlie’s ventricles shrinking (thank you, shunt), but his brain is expanding into the new space. This is basically the best news you can hope for when your kid has functional equipment lodged in their skull. But that’s just my opinion. To top it all off, he’s using his eyes to look on his bad side, his weight gain is steady, and he’s looking more and more like a real-live boy all the time. I’ll admit it–I’m thrilled. I could not have asked for a better Christmas present.

I realize that my view of my child is skewed–he looks in both directions!!! He reaches for toys!!! He can hold a sit for a few seconds!!! He will tolerate solid foods!!!–but that’s OK with me. Every step forward fills me with awe.

What She Wore: blue jeans; slip-on tennis shoes; a grey t-shirt that says, “Diet Coke.”

It has been a crazy week. All my weeks seem crazy these days. Monday, we did a little stint at the emergency room–Charlie was acting funky, so we went in for a CT scan. Everything’s great–shunt is looking good and ventricles are smaller. Tuesday I had my mother-in-law over to eat in a house that doesn’t even have a place to sit. No matter, I made this divine salad with bacon, green beans, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Super yummy. Yesterday I had lunch with my mom and went shopping to buy Charlie some clothes that fit. The kid is growing like a weed. Last night was the office Christmas party for the Hub.

It’s crazy around here.

Next on the agenda, get my Christmas decorations up before I miss the holiday completely, pray that my Christmas cards get here on time, and make some of my all-day, way-to-complicated Mexican lasagna.

I promise a real blog entry sometime soon. Meanwhile, I’ll just leave you with a picture of my favorite cutie.
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