Archive for April, 2011

True Confessions: The Joy of Sick Days

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Anyone who has ever worked with me will know that I rarely take sick days–often to the point of absurdity.  There’s some level of guilt in taking a sick day–its unplanned…there’s so much still to do in the office…I didn’t finish that one thing that people were counting on me for…etc, etc, and so forth.  However, the past Monday, I found myself in a situation where I was genuinely sick with a horrible sinus infection (I still have it although, thankfully, its not as horrible as it was earlier in the week and over the weekend).  My head literally felt like a thousand pounds and I was hopped up on Sudafed to a point where it made me feel like rainbows should be following me whenever I moved.  Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I have portrayed an artistic representation of me on Sudafed via the Heffalumps & Woozles song from the 1977 Winnie the Pooh Disney Classic. You’re welcome.

The long and short is that I took a sick day.

….and I’m not going to lie, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  As soon as Lars and little Bjorn walked out the door to work/school I was alone in my house for an extended period of time for what could have felt like ages.  I stayed in my yoga pants and sweatshirt, armed with hot tea, some light reading material and a giant blanket and just curled up on the couch listening to the classical radio station.  I would read, sleep, read some more, sleep, make more tea.  I mean–doesn’t being sick sound like heaven (severe congestion aside).  It was the happy balance of knowing I would be totally ineffective at work and needing a day of rest and actually TAKING that day of rest.  Bonus–it was raining and cloudy and perfectly miserably outside.

So, I’m back to work today and feeling recharged and well and even though I’m still a little stuffy, I’m feeling good to go in and tackle a few things that may have gone awry on my day out of the office.  I love my job and I love the people I work with–sometimes you just need to take a sick day to keep it all in perspective.

Dinner Dynamics

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Bjorn hosted a dinner party last night.  He was a pretty good host until he decided it was appropriate to cuddle with all the ladies and then fall asleep in Lee’s arms.  Time would later tell that he was actually a little sick (he woke up at 10 with a high fever which prompted a quick run to the CVS down the street for some motrin–WHY we don’t have this on hand at our house is beyond me.  We’re pretty bad parents).

Friends Over for Dinner.  Bjorn is not bashful when it comes to cuddling.

Friends Over for Dinner. Bjorn is not bashful when it comes to cuddling. Pictured: Minal, Garrett, Bjorn & Lee. Not Pictured: Danielle, Lars, Megan

Anyway–twas a fun night.  We made artichoke mushroom lasagna which turned out great. (see picture below).  And to clarify, that’s an IKEA candle on my kitchen counter that has gotten slightly discolored–not collected bacon grease.  Nope, not collected bacon grease.

Artichoke Musroom Lasagna.  Sooooo good.

Artichoke Musroom Lasagna. Sooooo good.

We also made a pina colada cake which turned out not so great but it had rum in it so all was well!  I mean, let’s be honest–sugar, butter, rum.  Even at its worst its better than pretty much anything.  We didn’t take a picture of it but you can see the recipe and what its supposed to look like here.

Bjorn is doing well the morning after.  The fever is gone and he’s building another world.  Wouldn’t you?

If you build it, they will come.

If you build it, they will come.

We’re prepping for a snow/rain storm today.  Please let it just be rain.  I can barely stand even a forecast for snow.

The inadvertant family bed…

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Every time I confess this to people, I think about the scene in “Away We Go” (which I actually happened to see the night before I gave birth to Bjorn), where Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character and her husband talk about how their entire family sleeps on one giant mattress in the bedroom. Okay–we’re not there–but Bjorn is certainly in our bed good proportion of the night.

I think, if I am honest with myself and honest with this blog, I kind of like it? Sure–there are nights when his feet are in my face, or I’ve been pushed so far to the edge of the bed due to his need to sleep on the exact same pillow as me. I also know we’re going to have an epic battle when it comes to getting him to sleep in his own room…at some point. For now, neither Lars or I have the fight to soothe him at 2am, 3am, 4am, 5….so we just let him cuddle in between us in our “family bed”. I’m pretty sure we’re not psychologically damaging him. Pretty sure.

In other Bjorn news—we’re REALLY into farm animals and trains in the Jensen household right now. Bjorn’s Aunt Zia got him a fantastic “Little People” barn complete with, in Bjorn’s words: hose (horse) pigggggie, baa (sheep), goat, cow, and the farmer-who-will-not-be-named. Sometimes Thomas the Tank Engine and gets some time on Le Barn de Bjorn as well (he is pretty non-discriminating in who gets to romping around on the farm). Lars and I thought that this love of farms and barn animals would transfer well to a petting zoo–so we took the opportunity to take Bjorn for the first time to Domino’s Petting Farm. (FYI–its called Domino’s because its on the same property as the Domino’s Pizza comglomerate. Fun fact!).

….turns out Bjorn is terrified of real life farm animals. Actually, not so much terrified of farm animals but rather, aggressive goats. The goat pen at the farm was a bustle of activity and those goats have no shame trying to get you to pet them. There was also a plethora of ADORABLE little baby goats walking around. I had forgotten that spring on the farm means BABY FARM ANIMALS. I think in a couple of weeks there might be little calfs and little sheep. We’ll have to go back (and possibly avoid crazy goats.  Is that possible?).

We did find some gentle goats out in the pasture that Bjorn was able to pet and point at their “nose”. We also went on a fun-filled tractor ride where we saw some serious Texas Longhorns (zomg! the horns!), real live piggies, sheep, the whole gamut!

Bjorn came home exhausted. …and wouldn’t you be exhausted after working on the farm?

“March Madness” photos from the Jensen family, including petting zoo nonsense, can be found here.