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Weekend Coffee Share: Is it Thanksgiving yet?

If we were having coffee, I’d likely cough and sneeze before I’d finished asking how you’re doing. I’d tell you I’m not especially surprised to be sick, what with the tiny pee-soaked fist my toddler cheerfully jammed into my mouth earlier in the week.

Littler J’s got it even worse, naturally. The bad news is that he doesn’t feel great, which is really a bunch of bad news bundled up in one bad news banner. The good news is that he looked adorable trying to get comfortable in my bed when he found his own intolerable last night.

sleepy sick j

I’d keep a safe distance while asking where you’re at. Was the last week hectic, calm, or somewhere in between? Is anything exciting–or, heck, relaxing–in store for you for the coming week?

After we’d chatted about you, I’d tell you my last week was both hectic and exhausting. Visiting with my sister last weekend was fantastic, but oh! Missing sleep hits me a lot harder and longer than it did when Rache and I shared her first apartment most of a couple decades ago!

I zombied my way through a few of the days and found myself fervently wishing it were Thanksgiving weekend already. I’ve been working as a contractor for most of this year, which means no paid time off and no sick time (or did, until a California law mandating some sick leave went into effect a couple of months back). I’m now desperate for four consecutive days to (relatively) relax, especially with the additional home responsibilities I’m shouldering while my husband‘s away from home fifteen to sixteen hours daily for work through mid-December … apart from Thanksgiving weekend, when he, too, will have a few consecutive days off. It can’t come soon enough.

I do adore how sharp he looks for work!

I do adore how sharp he looks for work!

(Is it Thanksgiving yet? I’d ask, as if I’d transformed into my six-year-old. No? How about now?)

I’d pause and adjust my ponytail before continuing that I don’t have a whole lot else to say right now. I’d catch myself moments later and perk up sharing something else: My six-year-old, Li’l D, just finished reading the first Harry Potter book with me. This earned him the privilege of watching the movie, which … ahem … absolutely enchanted him.

I’d smile while recounting a conversation I overheard between him and his dad this morning:

Dad: Who’s your favorite Harry Potter character?
D: Snape!
Dad: Why?
D: Because he was protecting Harry.

His dad dabbed his eyes after that, and wouldn’t you know? I’d say:

I found something in my eyes as well.


  1. November 14, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I hope you both feel better soon (and no one else gets it).

  2. November 14, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I think that would have brought a tear to my eyes, too!

    • November 14, 2015 at 10:21 am

      I can’t wait to see him learn more about Snape through the series, and to hear how he reflects on Snape at series end! I anticipate some fantastic conversation. ♥

  3. Deb
    November 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Loved reading that series with my daughter when she was younger. I think I actually looked forward to it more than she did 😉 Feel better…

    • November 14, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Thank you! I’m so excited to see him staying awake for it now. For the first week or two, the lack of images and the long paragraphs meant he’d start snoring almost immediately. To witness him going from sleeping almost immediately to asking for one more page is thrilling. 😀

  4. November 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Hope you and your little one are back to healthy soon. I so miss reading with my children!! My daughter and I made it through the entire Percy Jackson series as well as countless others before she became too grown for that. She is still very much a reader though which makes me very happy. My son has never been much of one but maybe some day. I had to read Harry Potter all on my own since neither was very interested (?!) They saw the films but I think the films lose a lot if you don’t read the book first. How intuitive of your little guy to latch on to Snapes hidden agenda so quickly! I hope he enjoys the rest of the series as well!

  5. November 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Adorable….I think this eye thing might be pandemic. Hope you feel better!

  6. November 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Reading is such a gift. You have triggered so many memories of books we shared. And stories we knew so well that I can still (decades later) recite big slabs of them.
    I hope health returns quickly.

  7. November 14, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Wise boy to have understood so quickly that Snape is actually good. Feel better!

  8. November 14, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I hope you both feel better soon. How wonderful that Li’l D picked on how Snape was trying to help. And yes, your husband does look pretty dapper. 🙂

  9. November 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Hope you all feel better! ❤

  10. November 15, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Hope you both get better soon. I just went to get flu shot two days ago, hope it works. As I get younger 73 I feel better with the shot . Ps he does look pretty snasy for work. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving 🙂

  11. November 15, 2015 at 9:15 am

    get well soon hey ^_^
    Ah Snape Snape Snape talk about plot twist, oh i been cutting onions for supper thus my eyes a lil watery


  12. November 16, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Feel better and don’t sweat the small stuff. Take care of yourself, your babies and let all the rest of it go, for now.

  13. November 16, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Hope you’re all feeling better soon and thanks for coffee xx Rowena

  14. November 18, 2015 at 4:52 am

    I’d say you’ve hit the jackpot in the family department, Deborah.
    Plus, you’re crazy talented.

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