Speeding By

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Once again, the time seems to have sped by. A reminder of this hectic, rushed pace reared its ugly head when I got a speeding ticket on the way to Flo's Spanish class last week. Darn it! I wasn't driving particularly recklessly or anything. I was going 61 in a 45 zone, along with the flow of traffic. That'll teach me to stop rushing around so much. As usual, we were running late, because the kids had to fight over who would sit next to the baby in the car. I’m always the safety conscious one, so it made me feel like such a reckless law-breaker for a few minutes. Then I got over it and on with my rather hectic day.

Flo also had her first piano recital last week. She played “Hot Cross Buns” and “Highways” from her red book. I hardly ever hear her practice down in the basement, and don’t put a lot of effort into “nagging” her to do so. Therefore, I was surprised to hear how well she’s doing. Her advancement may be a bit slower at this pace, but I’m more impressed that she’s genuinely enjoying her music experience, rather than feeling it’s a chore.

Mid-week Joe had his annual check-up with the cardiologist. Everything looked good, which is always a relief to hear. He’ll continue to have an annual check-up with the cardiologist and a stress test when he’s ten years old. The doctor also suggested we have his cholesterol tested at his annual check-up with the pediatrician.

This Friday, we had our homeschooling co-op, and thankfully my friend, Jessica, took Flo for me, and I just went to pick her up in the afternoon. Joe is not quite focused enough yet to not be a pest. I’m sure soon he’ll be able to participate a little more fully.

Friday evening, we had the opportunity to drop Flo and Joe off at the local Little Gym for their monthly Parent’s Survival Night. It’s lovely. Three hours of solitude for only $30! Usually, Darren and I just catch up and talk or watch a movie. Unfortunately, Darren was starting to feel a bit under the weather Friday evening, and has been sick all weekend. He seems to have passed it on to Joe and me, too, which stinks. It’s a mild flu feeling; kind of achy and feverish. Great! It’s not like I can actually indulge myself with rest when I’m sick. A mom doesn’t get sick days. I just have to try to shake it off if it doesn’t totally wipe me out. So, we’ll hope for the best.

Yesterday, we went to a Samhain celebration with a local earth-centered spirituality group. The kids had a great time carving pumpkins and visiting with friends. Darren wasn’t feeling well, but managed to participate for awhile, and Zofia cooperated fully by being a happy baby.

Today I took Flo to church and sat in the car with Zofia while she went to class. It’s weird having a child who actually wakes me up and begs to go to church. I remember whining and crying not wanting to go when I was a kid. We hadn’t intended to go today, after being out late last night and both feeling sick today, but Flo was so insistent, I quickly showered and dressed and ran out the door with her and the baby, just in time to make the service. I got some reading time in while I was sitting there waiting for Flo. I’m reading a novel called Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. It’s definitely an interesting and well-written read.

Another busy week is upon us tomorrow, with activities pretty much every day. Hopefully, everyone will be feeling better, or it’s going to be a really long week.

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