Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Single Parenting: Ups and Downs

The stomach flu is going around. My little one caught it last Fri; K has it today. S may even be fighting it as I type this. But if she hadn't used all her allowable sick days, she could have stayed home as well. I hope I don't catch it, but if I do, it had better be on the weekend! Why? I'm a single parent. At least Monday through Friday!

In some ways, I enjoy it. I don't have to put up with another adult 'child' demanding attention; I can keep to the schedule we've established since he's been gone; during the day, I can spend as much time on the computer as I can. It can be trying at times, such as when one child has activities and the other wants to do things at the same time...it takes careful planning and juggling of errands. I'm a glorified taxi.

And it has its drawbacks. For instance, the only tv I've watched since the new shows began is 'Survivor', and I've taped it; I've only showed up for Tribal Council, and haven't watched any details! I forced myself to stay awake during CSI: Miami last night, and slightly overslept this morning (no dreaming about acorns, ha ha!). I've only watched bits and pieces of Kid Nation; taped the first episode of 'Beauty and the Geek' but haven't watched it. Gave up trying to watch the other episodes.

In other family news, we had a death on Sunday. D's uncle passed away, and we have yet to hear about any arrangements. D himself is about to embark on a couple of weeks on night shift, which should be fun when he comes home on the weekends...we may have to attend church on Saturday night! And my other 'mom' is still hanging in there...I just talked to my friend, and she's getting ready to head down there tomorrow. I told her I'd make the trip on Thursday, provided I don't get infected with the 24-hour flu bug or have other family obligations that day. I definitely will not be able to go down Friday, because D will be home, and he doesn't like this particular friend! (I could be wrong...given her mom is special to me, he may give me the go-ahead...and I'm not missing her funeral, when it happens!)

6 comments:

Kelly Kirch said...

My sympathies regarding D's uncle. I hate flu season as I can guarantee I will get it. Bleck. Stay healthy hon.

Molly Daniels said...

What's in the air? My mom just called...my favorite pastor, the one who married me and D, died! I'm heading to Lafayette in the morning to his memorial service.

No blog entry in the am, unless I post it tonight.

jackie rogers said...

Hang in there Molly. Remember you'll been down a family member this weekend...flu or not. S is mine remember. as for d. being on night shift, I know it may sound weird but you might LOVE it...I DO.

Sorry about all the loss that is going on. let me know if we can help.

Amarinda Jones said...

the flu sucks mate. But, I am gald you got to watch CSI Miami. I love Horatio...he so so stoic and stone faced

Molly Daniels said...

I used to never miss an episode! But with having to get up at 6, I just can't stay up that late anymore...and I miss my ER on Thursdays...

Molly Daniels said...

Yeah, I know...that what the VCR is for...but when will I have time to watch it?