So, I thought my dog was dying last week. Turns out she’s not, everything is fine. What’s annoying is how often I think this, that something really major is wrong, take her to the vet, spend hundreds of dollars on blood tests and x-rays only to find out that her problem is something simple, like bad arthritis in her back.
It’s not really the money. It’s all worth it to know she’s ok and not dying. What I’m really annoyed with is how I tend to freak out whenever she starts acting differently and insist that there’s something seriously wrong. I just wish I could speak dog, so I could ask her questions, like I do when Liam is sick. There’s a huge difference between “Yes, my liver is enlarged because there’s a tumor” to “Nah, it’s just my arthritis kicking in, pop me a Novox and I’ll be fine in the morning.”
This whole week has kind of been off. I’m blaming all the snow days we had the week before, it just threw everything off kilter. I think it bothered Liam too. He had barely returned from Christmas vacation, spending just a day and a half in school before the snow storm hit and he scored another three days off. He had an especially hard time getting back into the routine of doing homework. What made it even harder was that the homework he brought home was especially challenging. On Wednesday night, I had to help him with four questions that looked something like this:
The test that Keyshawn’s class took finished at 10:30a.m. The first part of the test took 30 minutes. There was a 15-minute break. The second part of the test also took 30 minutes. At what time did the test start?
Actually, I like this question. It’s a multiple step problem, it encourages critically thinking. These are all good things. But trying to explain it to an eight year old in a way that doesn’t confuse him anymore than he already is? That’s the challenge. He got through it, but if he’s ever faced with any of those questions on a test, I’m not sure he’d get them right.
On Friday, I went to see The Imitation Game. It was really good. Although it’s gotten quite a bit of criticism for taking liberties and not being historically accurate. But what else is new, it is Hollywood. I’ve always been fascinated with cryptography and I love WWII history so it was a win-win for me. Or even a win-win-win, because Benedict Cumberbatch.
The rest of my weekend has been spent mostly on my couch, reading, napping or watching old episodes of Criminal Minds. Sometimes, we just need days like that.