Archive for December, 2009

“I am fine, mommy”

Big T¬†woke up with a fever of 99.5C, and so he had to stay home today. ūüôĀ Mr.¬†T is at home this time, while I try to get some work done in the lab.

These last couple of weeks, I have learned a few things about worrying over the children and whether or not they have serious health issues, or if it is just another cold/virus.

1)¬†Never, ever, ever¬†google, webMD or wikipedia anything health related, or any “symptoms” they might have. I spent about an hour yesterday crying because I was convinced that Big T was showing symptoms of diabetes. And last week, I was positive that Little T had H1N1 influenza.

2) If in doubt, call the clinic. They like you to call first, and they have heard it all so…just call. Make an appointment if you have to see a doctor or speak with a nurse…

3) Trust your instincts. Your parenting instincts. You know more than you think you know.

4) This is the scientist in me:¬†¬†Really, what are the odds that your child a serious ailment? Take diabetes for instance. The risk of developing juvenile (type 1) diabetes without any family history is 0.4% (4 in 1000). If I were presented with similar odds of winning a million dollars, I would think “yeah, I have little to no chance of winning”.¬†Using the same line of logic, I¬†figure it is highly unlikely that¬†Big T¬†would have juvenile diabetes. Not impossible. Just highly, highly¬†unlikely.

5) Most importantly, I do realize that many families have children with serious health problems.¬†My heart goes out to them and I ¬†am grateful and thankful to God everyday that my children are healthy. There are some things money can’t buy and this is just one of them.

Anyway, back¬† to my main point…Big T has a runny nose/cold¬†and a low-grade fever, and most likely caught whatever Little T was spreading around last week. This is what I’m going with.


“say da-da”

It was too cute. Big T was teaching Little T the fundamentals of language and communication. Big T had his arm around his baby brother, and tried to get him to say “da-da”. Little T just smiled and drooled. It really was such a sweet scene. My children, interacting with one another and there was no crying or yelling.

Work this week is going to be challenging, seeing as I am in holiday mode already. God help me!

I am listening to old school Christmas music on pandora ( while I work. You know, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald… LOVE IT!!¬† This is totally making the boring job of updating¬† my lab notebook¬†¬†a lot¬†more bearable. I much would rather start new experiments, but¬† a) short work week…how much can I really accomplish experiment-wise¬†and¬†¬† b) I have to be responsible about keeping a good lab notebook. I don’t want to be one of those cautionary tales of how not to keep a lab notebook…

*pausing here to pat myself on the back for being such a good, organized scientist*

Speaking of lab notebooks, I came across this site from Swathmore College with advice/tips on how to keep a good lab notebook.¬†some good advice there. I especially like the side-by-side testing of different pens. Someone actually took the time to do all that. And I think it’s kinda cool.

So there ya go…3 random thoughts in one blog post.

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“I sure had fun”

Big T had a fun time at The Boss’ Christmas party. This had everything to do with the fact that The Boss has 2 young sons and their play room (which she was gracious enough to allow us to use) was chock-full of every little boy toy imaginable (hehe. I know, I said boy toy. But y’all now what I meant). Big T was in heaven in that play room. He did not want to leave. On the way home, he lets out this HUGE sigh, followed by “I sure had fun tonight”. It was too cute!

What a whirlwind weekend. The Christmas musical was way fun, and my dear friend Cheryl who played the lead role was phenomenal! I had a great time doing it too :). I got to hang out with friends while at the same time doing something that honors God. So yay!

Tomorrow – work; send out Christmas cards (late! I know. I may not even do them, but I already bought a bunch so I might as well try); Tackle that ever growing mountain of laundry. Seriously, where does it come from??? Maybe we should all be nudists, then I won’t have to deal with all that laundry. Ah crap, I forgot…nudist in winter = very bad idea.

Oh, and I’m going to attempt to make Christmas cookies. I think I’ll make shortbread.

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“Is it weekend?”

TGIF!!! Apparently, Big T lives for the weekend too.

I am happy to announce that Little T is on the mend, and I am back on track at work. I even successfully cloned some Really Important DNA. I tested 17 clones and all 17 were correct. This is terrrific, since there was a time in the not-too-distant past I tested 80 clones and only 2 were correct. Overall, I am happy with how the week went.

Remember when I talked earlier about ebates? (see here)…Well, I got a check for $11.40 in the mail. That’s right, I got my cash back!!!! I will be using¬†ebates¬†again, that’s¬†for sure ūüôā

Christmas is in a week!!!! Crazy, huh?¬† This got me thinking…what are your favorite holiday/Christmas movies?

I like¬†Love Actually, Trading Places and Elf. It might be time to bust out Trading Places. I haven’t watched that one in a while. If you haven’t seen it, definitely consider renting. It has Eddie Murphy (back when he was still very funny) and Dan Aykroyd. HILARIOUSNESS!!!

Tonight, I have a tiny, tiny, tiny part in our Church’s Christmas Musical.¬† I am excited about it ūüôā

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“Open the gate, for I am coming upstairs”

Yes, O mighty ruler of our household. Your loyal subjects await your demands commands requests.


Why don’t we play “What’s in your purse today?”

Here’s mine:



USB flash drive

envelope full of coupons

cell phone



small pack of baby wipes

a board book

a rattle

target gift cards

sharpie marker

burp cloth


Yep, I’m a mom!

Little T is feeling better today. He is also teething…check it out. Sprout in the middle, breaking forth on the left, swollen gums on the right. Also notice the copious¬†drooling.

one sprout in the middle, one breaking forth on the left, swollen gums on the right

Fun times, I tell ya.


“I want my oatmeal!”

Big T was being a little bratty this morning. (Is it bad to call your own kid bratty? He really was being a pill). Yelling, demanding things, throwing tantrums. I offered him time-out and he said no, thank you. And that seemed to curb his misbehaviour. It was just one of those mornings.

Staying home today. Little T still has a fever and I suspect he will be staying home tomorrow.

Ever have one of those days where you are just TIRED? Well, I just had 3 of them in a row. I am not sure why I feel so worn out. Physically AND mentally. I literally cannot keep my eyes open beyond 10pm. And now, I am completely stressing out because my “I won’t be at work today, my child is sick” email to The Boss was unanswered. Does she think I am slacking off? Is she pissed I am missing a day of work? Usually I get a response along the lines of “I hope he is better soon, take as much time as you need.” This time nothing. ugh. This plus debating whether Little T actually has to go to the hospital has me mentally stressed. Today I am a good mother, but it seems I am a bad employee. That’s how it goes. ūüôĀ

Feel better little one!

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“Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

He was thinking about Cars (the animated movie) and I was thinking about work. So no, Big T, I am not thinking what you’re thinking.

I got the dreaded daycare call today. “Your son has a fever of 101 and you need to pick him up. ” It was Little T. I rushed out of lab without finishing my transformations. I placed them on ice. In hindsight, maybe I should have just finished up before going to get the boys. But I did not want to seem like an irresponsible mother. Soooo, now I am back in lab (it’s almost 8pm) finishing up. Since the child-care place¬†has that 24 hour fever-free rule, I will be home for at least one more day.¬†¬†¬† ūüôĀ¬†¬†¬†¬† ūüôā¬†¬† ?????¬†¬† Not sure if I should be sad or happy. Sad that Little T is not feeling well (of course), but happy that I get to stay with him all day since I missed him all last week, but sad that I will miss a day of work, but happy that I might accomplish some things while he naps tomorrow…

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“Make it all white”

Big T gave me a Mr T’s rubiks cube and wanted me to arrange all the white squares on one face. ohhhhhhh boy. I failed miserably. The most I could get was 8 out of 9 squares on the same face. Whatever. I still have a PhD, which means I am very smart, right?


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