Monday, February 12, 2007

Don't it Make her Brown Eyes Pink, and other fine whines

On Friday my daughter got conjunctivitis. And was quarantined by the school nurse. Yes, quarantined. Holy shit, I felt like the people in a plague ship in an Audrey Maturin novel. These neighbors of ours came by yesterday to talk to us about some voting matter or other, and I couldn't let them into the house because girlie was still in her pajamas because she's sick, and as far as she's concerned, that means she doesn't have to get dressed. And frankly, I didn't feel like letting the whole world know that I let my daughter romp around in her pajamas for three straight days.

Even though I just told the whole internet.

Speaking of Aubrey Maturin novels, which I wasn't, but bear with me, I have a ton of horrible volunteer shit to do today. A fucking ton. (Notice how I'm swearing a whole fuckload? Yeah, that's just one of the symptoms that I have way TOO MUCH VOLUNTEER SHIT to do.)

But instead of preparing the little "How to Handle the American Flag" packets I need to make for the Girl Scouts meeting I'm running this afternoon, I'm noodling around on the internet, adding lots of books to my new account on LibraryThing, a "social networking" i.e., "I have more books than you" web site. (See, I did eventually get around to the novels I like to read, which includes Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey Maturin series, all 21 of which I own. In hardcover.)

I really have no business belonging to a site like LibraryThing, because why on earth would any sensible human being want the whole world to know that--fancy degrees in English Literature notwithstanding--she is apparently mindlessly accumulating every single book ever published that is 1. funny, and/or 2. G-rated.

I.e., I am a total fucking pottymouth, but my books? Are as blameless and pure as the driven snow.

Which, by the way, is piling up out there.

Oh well. Time to go deal with the fucking volunteer shit, she said, kicking aside yet another pile of P. G. Wodehouse books.


  1. Rugrat had a horrendous case of pink eye she caught on the playground in our apartment complex when she was about 5 or 6, but I managed not to spread it to me, big brother, or anyone else. Copious hand washing by everyone, a fresh washcloth & handtowel every time she washed/dried her face, and a clean pillowcase every night did the trick. Seems like a lot of work, but it's a lot less work than everyone in the family getting it. Good luck!

  2. Sorry about the ghastly pinkeye.

    I started filling in LibraryThing. And then we moved. And all the books are either still in boxes or put back on shelves in a completely different order. So, I can't finish. -sigh-

  3. My 5 year old daughter was home with me for a week because she had a fever. Normally my wife dresses the kids in the morning, but since she was home with me she left it up to me. And I figured, what the hell, let her stay in her jammies, right?

    Interesting fact about 5 year old girls: They won't change their underwear unless instructed to. I'm going to remember that for next time.


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