Sorry about missing yesterday... but you'll get two posts today to make up for it.
Yesterday was a little crazy. R is home on Sundays now, and it was fine when I worked Sundays, but now that I have Sundays off (a byproduct of working nights and relying on M-F day care for childcare, if R had to work on Sunday unexpectedly I'd be screwed) things have taken a turn towards the evil. R is so unhappy in his own life that he cannot interact with other people positively any more. Like, he'll invite my family over for a holiday lunch (Memorial Day, if I recall correctly) and then he'll bitch, moan, and snipe at everyone throughout the entire meal. Well it's the same on Sundays... he can't interact with me without complaining. Last week he complained that I didn't mow the lawn or care about the outside of the house. So this week I got up, did my normal pick-up-and-vacuum, then went outside to cut and stack this tree that he had cut down weeks ago and just left there. So I cut up the tree and stacked the wood, but didn't have any twine to finish the job and that pissed him off, so I threw up my hands and went to my parents house early.
We go to my parents at least half of every Sunday, can you guess why?
For the last month I have given the Moosh a range of supplements to boost his immune system in a vain attempt to keep him healthy enough to go to school. Nothing nefarious, just probiotics, antihistimines, and Emergen-C. And it worked! At least until Saturday when the Runny Nose of Doom descended upon us.
All of the Moosh's major illnesses start with the Runny Nose of Doom. There was the ear infection that lasted a month when he was 16-17 months old, then last year he had the Runny Nose of Doom and a fever that started - you guessed it - the evening before Thanksgiving, then in September of this year he got the Runny Nose of Doom and a chest infection that he passed on to me and R (I coughed for 6 weeks with that one), and now we have yet another Runny Nose of Doom and he's coughing so much he throws up and he can't sleep at night.
So Saturday night he didn't sleep, and that's the night we had the DST switch. I woke up Sunday morning feeling OK, but by 4 PM I was falling asleep in my chair. I was worried about how R would handle the Moosh all night, and I was equally worried about me having to stay up 24 hours straight, plus an "extra" hour, then drive home. So I ended up using a Short Notice Day at work and stayed home last night.
If there is one thing I absolutely love about my job it is Short Notice Days. They are awesome. They can be used for any reason whatsoever... they don't even question you as to why. So if you need a mental health day - use it. Didn't sleep all Saturday night? Use it. Want to spend time with family that came into town unannounced? Use it.
So we slept better last night thanks to Children's Benadryl, but we'll have to go to the doctor today because his allergy prescription has run out and we need a refill. Maybe they can give him a stronger cough medicine to get him through the night.
Meanwhile now we have the whole day to ourselves. No school for him, no sleep for me! We do have to go back to my mom and dad's house because I forgot his shoes yesterday, but otherwise we are free as birds.
What do you do on an unexpected day off?