7So many things running through my head right now. I'll try and keep this brief and have it make some kind of sense. When I say it's been a hell of a couple of weeks, I really mean it.
But, first things first. I can't escape today without remembering that today would have been Gram's 90th birthday. She's been gone just over 5 years and I still miss her on a regular basis. She would have enjoyed Boo so very much, and I would have loved to watch them be together.
So, I guess I should recap the last two weeks. It's been a rough ride.
Work has had it's own set of challenges and they look like they might continue another few weeks. I'm not looking forward to that. I also went to Texas the week before last. Originally I was supposed to go the week Boo got sick, but I was able to change it to the next week. Also, I originally was going to do some training, run a few reports and be on my merry way. Instead, it was run the reports and spend about 12 hours all told doing work that I would have done from the office, but was actually going to be easier on site. Of course, I still had stuff to clean up once I got back to the office. And I will never, ever if at all possible put a 6 or 7 hour day in on site and then catch a flight home... My day on site started at about 8 am Eastern and ended at 2 am Eastern the next day when I finally got home. Of course, I couldn't get to sleep right away I was so exhausted.
The best part of that day, when I got home I went into Boo's room to see him and as I was standing there, he woke up, sleepily saying "Momma??.... Momma!!" and we got to snuggle for a bit. I think it did both of us well. Of course, Gak enjoyed me being home again as well. Thankfully I don't have to travel anywhere near like I used to. I may end up traveling once a quarter or so. That shouldn't be too bad and will be both nice and tough at the same time.
I had much more to say about the trip at the time, but I just didn't get around to writing it, and now it seems pointless or silly. So, I'll skip it.
The other big challenge is what Gak has termed "Cookiegate". Yeah. Cookie Sales this year got off to a very rough start and I ended up having to "fire" my Cookie Mom about two weeks in. Yes, there are several things I could have done better. Yes, some days our troop meetings are quite chaotic and seem like there is no control. But, like I've told every parent several times and all the girls, this is the girls' troop and I need their help and input into what we do. Also, as wonderful as badges are, they're not the end-all, be-all of Girl Scouts and they're all more than welcome to work on as many badges as they want on their own time, or even suggest badges for us to work on at meeting times. Since they haven't, I've muddled my way through the Breathe Journey (trust me, it's not fun...) and have tried to use troop time for enjoyable activities and things that I hope will teach them something vaguely useful in life. And yes, I let them have a bit of crazy time at the beginning and end of meetings, but these girls' lives are so structured and scheduled that they need some downtime. Girl Scouts should not be "school day number 2" but an enjoyable activity that they want to participate in.
Thankfully, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. There are a few more tasks I have to complete and then it should be smooth sailing for the rest of the sale. Or so I hope. And actually, all the parents I've talked to were at the very least relieved that I had taken it back over if not downright thrilled because the original cookie mom had upset them so much and frustrated them.
The bright spot in all this drama and angst, Boo is quite healthy now. Monday he had his 2-week followup appointment with his doctor and she pronounced him fit as can be. He still has a cough every now and again, but just a random cough, not an all the time kind of thing. Within about 2 days of being on the antibiotics he was back to full steam ahead. And it wasn't the flu he had on top of the pneumonia, but RSV. Same course of treatment at that point, just different virus. And of course, I came down with strep/upper respiratory infection again that Wednesday thank to no sleep and all the stress and got myself a Z-pack. I'm not sure it really helped, but I am feeling much better now and only have my normal levels of winter ick going on. So, yeah, my health didn't help with all the other drama going on.
But, I'm going to wrap this up here. Things are going well on the health front for the most part. Gak has a cold again, or at least a very annoying dry cough that started a few days ago. Work is work and we'll muddle our way through for now. Cookies and Girl Scouts seem to be heading for smoother waters. Hopefully February will be much smoother and more fun than January was.
Peace to all and may your health be good and the drama only on TV or the stage....