Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Wrath of the Coxsackie Virus

I don't know what's more gross. The fact that I haven't taken a shower in three days or that I just wiped my daughter's boogers with my t-shirt before I put her to bed. I think both, especially since I just realized my t-shirt is on backwards. I put it on in the dark after getting slimed on at 12 am last night so I think I can justifiably get by with a warning from the fashion police. I am looking and feeling so grubby it's unbelievable. The kids have had a cold for literally one month now, just when they seem to be getting better, they catch a fresh new cold and the whole snotty process starts again. I took them to the pediatrician Monday and he said they currently have the coxsackie virus, which produces cold and flu symptoms in addition to possible blisters on the hands, feet and inside the mouth on the tongue. It only affects children, but there are the rare exception adults (like my 25 year old sister) who contract it after touching children who have the disease. Coxsackie virus is also known in lay terms as Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, but trust me the disease sounds worse than the actual condition. I think both names for the disease are pretty creepy sounding actually, I wonder what wizards in the medical community came up with these beauties. They should rename it to "It's no Picnic in the Park" , "I can't believe it's not the flu" or "Kiss your sleep goodbye Mom" disease. Actually, the blisters on the hand and feet don't hurt the child, it's the blisters on the tongue that are extremely painful. My son only wants to drink cold water and cold yogurt until he feels better. Motrin every six hours helps ease the pain as well.

I can't believe only a little over three years ago, I was sitting at my job as an auditor thinking, "Damn, this job sucks, I can't wait to give birth and be a stay at home mom. I'm going to have so much fun holding the baby and playing peek-a-boo. Dinner will just magically appear and the house will clean itself. All I have to do is take care off that cute little baby and dress him up in cute clothes...etc...etc...dream will be so much fun and so much less stressful than this stupid job!" Who was that person? Was that me??? Three years later, I'm 25 pounds overweight, over-stressed, and sleep deprived. The moments when my life looks like a Fisher Price commercial with the happy mom and playful kids are rare and fleeting, most of the time I'm cleaning up messes around the house, changing diapers, or cooking food my kids are not going to even eat. Hopefully, raising kids will become fun soon, but until then it's grueling work, especially when you are suffering from the wrath of the coxsackie virus.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Prada = Overpriced Nylon

I still don't understand what the allure is about Prada bags. The majority of them are made of nylon and look like they shouldn't cost more than $40. The designs are really ho-hum too, I've seen better knock-offs at Nine West. But today I received an e-mail from that beacon of high-style-for-less website,, telling me I just had to buy something Prada today because it was extra 20% off. I don't own anything Prada, so I thought I might take a look at the bags and see if maybe they had something nice and reasonably priced enough for me to buy. I was seriously contemplating buying this pink bag because the handle was so cute and color catchy, but after viewing it a couple times, I realized that this was actually an overpriced diaper bag with a Prada label. Why would I ever buy a diaper bag that costs $487.20, and that's a sale price! I know there's a huge "bling factor" attached to carrying a Prada bag, and Prada fans probably think they are paying the steep price for not only the label but also the quality "workmanship", but I'm still not impressed with Prada. The bag is made of NYLON, what is so expensive about nylon, a material that is essentially a plastic? Sorry bluefly, I'll pass on the Prada sale. Send me an e-mail when you have a markdown on Chanel.