July 30, 2008

One icky confession, one bit of happy news, and one plain old everyday confession.

Sugar does evil things to my intestinal track. I know this. I can handle it in moderation, but considering my massive sweet tooth, moderation is hard to come by around here. Armed with this knowledge, dear reader, you would think I would shun all things sugary, or at the very least, carefully monitor my intake.

About 8 months ago I gave up soda. It was one of my major vices. I drank only soda & could easily finish a liter a day if not more. I started drinking water. That helped more than I expected. Recently I've all but given up my water. There was a good sale on Kool-aid & I went hog wild. Unfortunately that (plus the peach cobbler I made, the popcicles I needed, and the last of my pint of Ben & Jerry's that wouldn't let me rest) means my sugar intake has jumped way to high again.

At about 2 o'clock this morning, my body revolted & it was....well, revolting. I spent the next few hours bouncing between the couch, the arm chair, and the toilet. When I'd had enough, I dug out my bottle of Kaopectate. After two doses I checked the label only to discover it was more than a year past the expiration date.

So this leads me to wonder, can expired Kao cause counter effects? It certainly didn't do what it was supposed to.

In better, less disgusting news, BabyGirl & #1 Son passed their dental checks with flying colors. We are now officially checked, poked, and prodded all we need to be to start school in three weeks. Now all we have to do is survive school supply shopping.

Which leads me to my second confession for the day. I heart school supplies. Truly, Madly, Deeply. I've considered taking courses at the community college just so I have a reason to buy myself a back pack, spiral notebooks, and new ink pens.

In the wonderful (although totally unoriginal) movie You've Got Mail, Tom Hanks sends Meg Ryan a message that reads: "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. " I love that. I would melt if Husband ever came home with a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils for me.

All that being said, I hate shopping for school supplies for my children. I hate trying to find "three pocket folders, fourteen #2 pencils, a three pack of glue sticks, a kinder-mat, quart Ziploc bags, and a value size bottle of hand sanitizer" while being elbowed by women hunting for the last pack of chunky pencils and a protractor. I would rather just browse & pick out what I want. Besides, since when do zip-lock bags & "a three pack of white t-shirts" constitute school supplies?

Once that's done we're off on the shoe/underwear/blue jeans hunt. School shopping for one child isn't bad. For two (especially when one suffers from SPD & doesn't take change well) is an exercise in torture. By the time Bitsy starts school I'll need an IV drip of Valium just to get the sneakers bought.

Oh well...I'm off to take a nap. Maybe. Maybe I'll just hang out in the bathroom for a while.


Inkling said...

I love school supplies too. In fact, that was one of my most fun privileges as a teacher.....getting to create the list that you parents got to search for and buy at Walmart. There's just something so fun about collecting dozens of boxes of kleenex, barrels of clorox wipes, rows of hand sanitizer, boxes upon boxes of writing instruments, and a zillion other things. Ah, just writing about it makes me want to go back to teaching.....that is, until the first batch of papers to be graded collides with the first evening open house I would be required to attend. Oh, and the prayer meetings (were I to go back into a Christian school) would do me in too. I'm just not that good with being told I "have to" pray, especially at 7:00 in the morning with a bunch of talkative menopausal women who seem to like mornings. Oy. But still, can't you just smell the pencil shavings?

Anonymous said...

It's school supply confessional..I love new spiral notebooks, and fancy new pens or cute mechanical pencils. I found purple (my fav color) legal paper the other day in a clearance bin and I had to pick it up..I figured I could use it for my HOA stuff.
I did not have fun picking up our stuff. $300.00 for 3 kids..Backpacks, lunchbags, pencils, pens, binders, crayons, markers, colored pencils, erasers, glue, kleenex, protractors, scientific calcultors, Geometric Calculators, Thumb drives, pencil sharpners, and the list goes on.

Ragged Around the Edges said...

I *heart* school supplies too, particularly index cards. Not sure why, but I love them.