The smurglies are still kicking my butt, which is preferable to what they're doing to butts over at the Urban Dictionary, so maybe I shouldn't complain. I figure that today would be a good day for reflecting on the positive things, rather than the fact laryngitis has been added to my list of ailments. As it turns out, angrily whispering the phrase, "Shut up or I'll beat you with a stick!", does not qualify me as a dog whisperer. So yeah, lets look at the good stuff.
Pumpkin actually drew something that looked like something! Visual arts don't exactly run in the family, but I was starting to imagine myself getting a call from the teacher about Pumpkin's lack of skill:
"Hello, Pumpkin's mom? I'm concerned about Pumpkin's inability to do anything but scribble."
"Is this a real problem?"
"Well, she is in grade 9..."
Yeah, so we've gotten over that hurdle. Out of the blue, she started drawing people. When I asked her who they were, she replied, "Customers!". Ok, so we've still got a few quirks to deal with but they seem so minor now!
In other news, I decided to get Chichi the H1N1 vaccine. I will probably do the same for Pumpkin next week when she is in better health. Thanks to all the media madness about the mayhem at the vaccination clinics, I went well prepared with an arsenal of snacks, drinks, books, DVDs, and a sense of resignation about how bad my afternoon was going to be. As it turned out, I was in and out of there in 30 minutes, and that included the 15 minute recovery wait. Kudos to the town of Markham!
Next, on the way home from getting the vaccine, I came up to an intersection where my light had just turned green. For whatever reason, an elderly lady with a walker decided to cross against the red light in the other direction. Quickly, the very handsome man in the snazzy sports car in front of me turned on his hazards, abandoned his car, and escorted the lady across the street to safety. No one honked, no one was hurt. It's nice to see a little display of humanity every now and again. It didn't really matter that both the man and his car were pretty, but it does add to the whole Prince Charming effect. Good karma to you and your family, whoever you are!
And finally, there is NeoCitran. Good night.