Posts Tagged 'christmas morning'

baffled by the book

dear world,

i will do a proper holiday celebration post here pretty soon. today, i simply have to vent about one of the most ridiculous children’s books to enter our home. i did not buy it. it was received by my oldest daughter as a gift.

allow me to introduce you to hernando fandango, the great dancing dog! by rachel swirles.

at fist glance, it’s really no worse than some of the other randomly published children’s books we have encountered. but then, i read on. here’s my beef:

it’s like reading a book with no basis in reality. what on earth is a pajama-case dog? doesn’t this need some minor explanation in order to feature so prominently in the plot line? seriously, i’m pretty well read and i’ve never head of a pajama-case dog.

the rhymes are really reaching: “chances” rhymes with “dancers” twice. once, i could forgive, but twice? and she also rhymed “paw” with “floor”. again, forgivable on it’s own, but combined with the rest, it’s just terrible.

but, you  know what? i read it with gusto. i read it with excitement and a tone of “this is the way it should be” because ultimately my girls both enjoy the story. at the end of the day, if a story speaks to my girls, i will continue to read it over and over and over again. whether i like it or not.

feeling fairly unimpressed,



the end of medical leave

dear world,

i’ve been alternately at work and on medical leave this year. starting in june, i’ve had 6 weeks off 6 weeks on almost 3 times. my final surgery was this past december 6th and i had my shortest hospital stay yet. my surgery was on thursday and i got to go home on saturday. i’m scheduled to be off through the new year. then it’s back to work and back to normal.

i’ve been trying to decide if i should travel with my family to NY the week between christmas and new years. i am on leave. MHM is a teacher so he’s on leave. this is one of the few times we have to go see everyone. and now, i have to decide if i’m going to go along.

there are several things to weigh in the decision. first and foremost, am i well enough to travel?

but that’s not a simple answer. i’ve travelled way sicker than i am right now, but do i want to risk the progress i’ve made to spend 8 hours in a car with my family? do i want to limit my diet so i feel ok while i’m there or do i want to spend my last week on leave stretching my limits before i have to go back to work? i know how to feel fine- i just don’t eat. but this time, is that the responsible choice?

i’m also going to miss spending a day along by myself. as much as i’ve been lonely and bored, i’ve enjoyed the restiveness of solitude. and it’s never going to come back. i’ll be full tilt for the next 18 years it feels like.

i’ve waffled and avoided making this choice until tonight. i think ultimately i have a responsibility to go. i can figure this health stuff out and choosing to stay by myself for a week to savor the time is just plain selfish. not really the christmas spirit and all that, you know?

happy christmas and safe travels to you all,


dear santa

hello world,

this year, V really gets christmas. i mean, she knows who santa is, where he lives and that he’s going to bring her presents christmas morning. we discussed how christmas works the whole way to school this morning.

saturday is christmas eve. we’ll put out cookies and milk for santa. like olivia does? just like olivia does.

then, when you wake up christmas morning, santa will have left your presents under the tree. and i’ll give him a big hug!

well, no, and this is where the confusion sets in. we went around and around about how santa only comes while we’re all asleep and we don’t actually get to see him. i’m pretty sure she understands. (or maybe she just gave up and moved on.)

managing the expectations of a 3 1/2 year old is quite challenging. you build up this holiday so much and it all gets muddled in her brain. she wants a rocking horse, a belle doll and these toy dogs and cats she saw in a catalog. well, i don’t think santa is going to bring all those things, but maybe he’ll bring you stuff you didn’t ask for. yes, mommy, and a rocking horse, belle doll and dogs and cats. well, what if santa runs out of some of those? oh well, she says, that happens. i think we’ll be ok.

this will also be the first time we’re spending christmas morning in our house where we live. i’m kind of excited about. i think she’s really going to have fun.

looking forward to celebrating at home,