So, the imp went back to school, last week. He did fairly well, from what I can tell. Four days blue with only one green. He got 8/10 on his spelling test, and from what I gathered, got everything he was supposed to do done in class, during the time set to do it.
We're pretty proud of him. Everything's continuing to improve.
The pixie went to class on Monday, and popped a pretty significant fever on Tuesday. She spent Tuesday and Wednesday sick and lethargic, and we took her to the doctor on Thursday. Turns out the fever was being caused by an ear infection (as was the nausea and other tummy troubles--which she'd been having for about a week). We've got some antibiotics for it, and she's been perking right up. Today is her third of five days of antibiotics.
Hopefully, we'll get her respiratory crap under control, too, since she's got this next week to recover.
Speaking of, this week is Spring Break for the kids, and for us. I have a week off where I can work on the housework, and work on finally getting enough rest and maybe get to feeling human. The pixie has a full week where she's not around the other little snot-gobbling germ factories. And the imp will have a break from the expectations of school.
I'm sure the cats will be happy to have the kids home. Shadow has been desperately wanting the imp, in particular--she tries to sleep near him in the afternoons and evenings, and tries to claw her way into his room to sleep on him at night. Needless to say, that gets her tossed in the laundry room with the door closed.
I begin to be tempted to toss Cricket when the pixie is sleeping. When I go use the hall bathroom and close the door, Cricket is instantly there, clawing and yowling for me to let her in (the pixie's bedroom door is about four or five feet from the bathroom door), which makes me afraid that the dumb, codependent cat with severe separation anxiety will wake the pixie. I do love the cat, but I swear she's got less than a third of the smarts of a normal cat. She's three years old, and still plays like she's six months old (and is as clumsy as a small kitten), and talks to her toys the whole time she's playing with them--sometimes up to two hours at a time.
As I mentioned, I finished grading papers and got midterms turned in...just before the pixie and my other half took sick. The pixie's was an ear infection--Odysseus's seemed to be a mild flu. I'd been planning to go out to eat Wednesday night, but...yeah. We went today for lunch, instead.
Odysseus is finishing up the last bits of class work due before his Spring Break officially starts. And I've got projects lined up for myself, and I think he's got a couple lined up, too. Not sure what (beyond a couple of requests on the housecleaning front).
Part of my intended projects for Spring Break is another 18,000 words written on Detritus. I've got a bit over 17,000 words done, and I think this is going to be a longer book than I've been writing. I think 18K more words might get me to the halfway point. Might. It might only be about a third of the way done, at that point. It's kind of slow. More character than plot driven.
Another project is to finish the cover art and get "Bar Tabs" Kindle published.
I still don't know when my cover artist will have art ready for Fire and Forge. I've been feeling like I'm taking advantage of her, since all I'd been paying her with up to now is a hard copy of the book her work appears on. I'm hoping she'll give me something I can do for her to pay her for this art.
Any case...I should have some time (and maybe some mental energy) this week, so I'm going to see what I can get done on the fronts that teaching school has pushed to last place in my priorities.
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