{SQT} Quiet June Takes

Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart! Quick- cut some hearts out of Fruit Roll Ups and throw them at your kids to instill a love of the liturgical year! (Maybe also watch/ attend Mass to make reparation for my bad idea.)

Father’s Day is Sunday and I was trying to come up with a funny post to compliment my great Mother’s Day gift ideas post, but I feel like you could easily make most of my Mother’s Day ideas work for dad by having your kids color in pictures of vintage cartoon characters from the 80’s and 90’s and adhering it to the alcohol of your husband’s choice. (Or maybe a nice bag of coffee if that’s more his thing. )

Just a reminder my Summer Fun Series for Overwhelmed Parents Who Are Completely Touched Out And On the Verge of Voluntary Self-Lobotomy (or just SFS for short) starts next Monday. Sign up HERE and know you’ll only be added to that list, not my regular email list.

The boys got another Spinraza dose Monday. Fulton had problems with spinal fluid leakage after the procedure, but not to the extent he had back in November. Unfortunately, he still suffered side effects (headache, nausea) for a few days afterwards. The hospital was much less crowded than usual, and of course everyone was in masks. Being there was much less stressful than I originally anticipated, which was a relief. The boys were tested the day prior for COVID19, which I said would be “uncomfortable” so they wouldn’t freak out too much, but which they each described as “getting stabbed with a burning thing in my nose”. Both were hoping to be positive so they could avoid their Spinraza procedure but thankfully, that was not the case.

A moment of silence for the week of MDA camp that wasn’t. … Time to reset the clock; 365 days until MDA camp 2021.

Since getting back from the Outer Banks, I’ve been off Facebook during the week, and completely off Instagram. On the weekends, I jump on to respond to posts in groups I’m a part of, schedule or share recent blog posts, and check in on a few friends I can only catch online. It’s also where our church streams Mass. I’ve found it to be a great balance between disabling my accounts entirely, which is what I was leaning towards, and staying connected with people I can only connect with online. Without the ability to check FB during the week, I find I’m reading more, and I signed myself up to write an ebook on using Google Classroom in a homeschool setting (niche much?). I’m making a greater effort to text or call friends to check in, and I even set up a socially distant meet up with a friend since we hadn’t actually TALKED in so long. Amazingly enough, I’m still not able to find more time to clean. Anyway, if you’re feeling stressed out by FB right now, just step away. Most people won’t even notice you’re not there. We tend to think removing FB or whatever social media from our lives will have dire consequences, but every time I take a break, I usually realize the opposite is true.

One of the other things that occurred to me as I contemplated cutting social media ties, were all the tidbits that I’ve stored on FB and no where else. Not really the pictures; those are all backed up elsewhere, but more of the kids quotes. One thing I love is opening the Memories feature and reading funny things the kids have said in the last ten years. Unfortunately, I have not written down those quips any where else and while they may seem trivial, I would hate to lose them. In the mean time, I’ve started a commonplace book where I’m now recording quotes, special milestones and all the little or private things that don’t make it onto the blog, but that I don’t want to forget.

I suppose that’s it for this week. They can’t all be riveting gems you know! What’s new with you? Write it down then link it up below. Be sure to include a link back to this post so your readers can find the rest of the Quick Takes. I look forward to reading your posts!

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  1. Given the choice between the COVID test and the influenza test, I’ll take the COVID test hands-down. Why? Because it was only one nostril, and I didn’t feel the urge to stab my sinuses with a screwdriver afterward.

    I don’t remember it burning though. (It’s been a month-and-a-half since I had mine.)

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