Today I was “soup” … as in “soup sandwich” …
Anyone who has been in the Army should know what I’m talking about (“You’re as useless as a soup sandwich, Private! Drop down and give me 20!!”)
I woke up with a migraine and called in to work sick. I hope they believe me. This is the second time I’ve had a migraine on a Friday (the last time being the Friday after Thanksgiving, and I had to go home early!). But I truly spent all of the morning in bed, having bizarre dreams and waking up all sweaty, only wish for blissful, take-me-away sleep again. But oh how thankful I am for my big kids who completely took care of MiMi and got her ready for school this morning and then that my son is able to DRIVE! I kind of stumbled out to check on them before they left, and they had remembered EVERYTHING from money for Annie-Belle’s ballgame tonight to making sure MiMi had gone potty before leaving.
My babysitter brought MiMi home at 12:30 ish. I had made a feeble attempt to get up, get dressed, and even made it to Walmart to buy a Coke, which I was craving and seemed like the only thing that sounded good to my icky tummy. I didn’t make it to work, but went back to bed instead.
MiMi was content to just play in my room all around me, watching a cartoon and setting up her myriad of worlds of play from Polly Pockets to a pretend grocery store. My babysitter had offered to take her with her until 3:00 when Drew would be home, but I just wanted her to stay home with ME. Despite not feeling well, I miss just being around my kids, doing normal kid-mom things.
And I then realized it has begun: I miss being HOME …
I am praying about it … I know I can’t *not* work. We re-evaluated our budget last night and the only way we’ll ever get out of our financial hole is my extra income; my husband is already working every minute of overtime he can get. HOWEVER, I wonder if I can work 30-35 hours per week instead of 40. I will have been at my job for 3 months soon, and I wonder if it is too soon to start asking?! For the most part, other than on my pharmacy day, I have no other responsibilities other than getting my very own work done. I don’t answer any phones, I don’t have appointments to keep. I come and go for lunch as I please. Sometimes I come in 10 minutes later or leave 10-15 minutes earlier anyway. My boss did say my job would be “flexible” … Pray with me to have the courage and the right timing to discuss this with him.
So, after I felt a little better tonight, I actually made SOUP! As in home-made, nutritious vegetable soup! Unfortunately, even that didn’t tame my poor tummy so I ate it cautiously, but I think just making it and smelling it made me feel a whole lot better. I haven’t cooked anything GOOD all week … and I miss it. I think my family misses it.
(image and recipe from Alton Brown/Food Network. P.S. I used onions instead of leeks, which I don’t tend to keep around the house!)
And while I was at it I made a blueberry “upside down” cake … just because blueberries had been on sale at Aldi this past week!
My hubby is working until midnight tonight … MiMi and I brought him dinner on his break at 7:30 p.m. I am sad he isn’t home to enjoy this quiet evening … but when you’re feeling like a “soup sandwich”, sometimes a few moments of quiet do as good as a medicine!
Hopefully tomorrow I’ll feeling more like myself again. It should be a good day because I WILL BE HOME!
Signed: Your homebody Blogger