The Real Deal

You know, when your second grader is “schooling you” in the blogosphere, it’s time to write. Go to www.sassythecat.net to see more anecdotes on the Shaw household. There’s not much censorship when it comes to 8 year olds blogging so you pretty much have the real deal there.

Mike pointed out a week ago that it was the first time in THREE WEEKS that no one had a fever or flu-like symptoms. We will never miss flu shots again. It really began around the 30th of January. I had no idea how bad Mike felt. He went to the doctor which should’ve indicated that he was pretty bad off but when he came back with no antibiotics and simply a shot to help get over the “virus” I just didn’t think much of it. I was scheduled to attend an Area Manager’s retreat with Arbonne and I took off out of town, actually it was out of the country since I was on a cruise to the Bahamas (btw, if you need full time pay on part time hours let me know, you will be amazed at this work from home opportunity!). Upon returning, in the airport no less, Mike tells me that Canon had started throwing up. I got home and realized Mike was still sick, the baby was getting over it, so there was two down and two go.

Within three weeks we each had this “flu-like” virus TWICE. Which meant my second grader missed nearly 2 weeks of school and I was simply not functioning one full week in February. Had it not been for Mike getting sick first, thus being the first one to get well this family would not have made it. He has done more grocery shopping, diaper changing, and general maintenance of this family than I’ve done in the last month. I am still trying to figure how to make it up to him.

One (albeit, expensive) effort that took place this past week was I hired a carpet cleaner and a couple of extra sets of hands to clean this house, in an effort to get rid of the germs. To be honest, celebrating Christmas, going to Disney, then having three weeks of flu means that at some point you just get behind. I’ll admit, I’m never caught up. There is always something better to do than laundry and I just had to get my head above water. So I called in reinforcements and paid them well. I heard this past week that with the appliances and technology of the 21st century we each have the equivalent to 20 or more servants helping us get through the day. I believe it. The sad thing is I need like 40 people helping me get the job done. And that’s the real deal.

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