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Daddy and waking

May 27, 2009

Lizzie just informed me that sometimes in the middle of the night, when she tries to wake us for something, I don’t wake up.  So maybe she should try Mommy.  🙂

Right now, I am listening to my youngest try to cry herself to sleep.  We’ve done all we can; the little cutie just needs to tucker herself out.  Which is ironic, because she almost never does this.  She is such a relaxed kiddo.  She puts up with so much noise and poking and prodding from her two sisters, it’s amazing.  Malina has just started smiling with regularity.  Warms my heart like nothing else.  She also does the occasional laugh when her sisters are laughing pretty good and she can mimic it.  That’s high quality humor.

I did indeed finish the papers on time (well, with my extensions) and then promptly took a week off (last week).  It was a much needed break.  I have started up my independent summer class this week.  However, the main difference now is that I’m just working on it during the daytime.  So evenings are free.  Big bonus.  The class is a Hebrew Reading class in Ezekiel.  In other words, translate a bunch of Ezekiel from Hebrew into English, learn the vocab, take a couple of exams and baam, 3 credits in the bag.  Ezekiel is difficult Hebrew, but I do enjoy it.

One bummer note as of late is the return of back limitations.  A couple weeks ago, in an effort to get Malina to sleep in the middle of the night, I brought her out to the living room.  Normally I prop myself up in the big chair and we’re set.  However, on this night, I chose to use the big couch.  Not the same as far as back support goes.  Woke up in the morning and whammo! sore back returns.  It has been getting progressively worse the last week.  I’ve started to walk crooked again.  I’d love a few days of nothing to just lie down on my back, but with work and kids and just normal stuff, I don’t see that happening.  Here’s hoping for God’s grace and productive exercise.

Another avenue for God’s upcoming grace is our car situation.  Last week took it in because the power steering had died.  Turns out the whole system is shot (not just a simple line leak like I thought).  Would cost more to fix the system than the car is worth.  So yeah.  We’re suddenly in the market for a mini-van (we figure that a large sedan isn’t the way to go anymore, considering the size of our family, our desire for a larger family in the future and the cross-country journey we’re looking at a year from now).  If you know of someone who is in the mood to buy or give us a mini-van, lemme know.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2009 3:56 pm

    Honda Odyssey.
    I pray that you find a new car and soon!

  2. Fogey permalink
    May 28, 2009 8:51 pm

    Ford SUV, yo.
    Safe, American, and non-government owned.
    Though slothboy went further than I in this department. I think he was just fine in his escort until he had to drive his girls somewhere. Now they drive a black tank. Just the sight of it intimidates me.

  3. May 29, 2009 1:29 pm

    Sis, would love an Odyssey. But they’re crazy expensive and you can’t find too many used. Cause they’re amazing.

    Fogey, I’ve got a thing against SUVs in principle. Can a SUV these days get better gas mileage and cost less than a mini-van?

  4. Fogey permalink
    May 30, 2009 12:05 pm

    What principle?

    No, they don’t get better milage, and they do cost more. Being on a pickup chassis, they’re not held to as many regulations as other cars. Probably why they were built in the first place.

    I was approaching it from the family angle. If I was driving kids across an intersection and a drunken idiot plowed into the side of my car, I’d want the best, strongest frame I could afford between them.

  5. May 31, 2009 2:18 pm

    Oh, no real principle. Just a general, not-based-in-reality-per-se idea that because they’re so big compared to normal sized cars, that they won’t drive as well, get good mileage, they’re destroying the planet… whatever. I’ve just never been drawn to them. Perhaps it was my short time in Europe and the opinion of them over there that influenced me. Don’t know.

    The Sherman Tank appeal is certainly there (we had a 1984 Chevy Suburban growing up… it was awesome). But being as poor as we are… they’re just not a realistic option for us on the practical or ‘theoretical’ level.

  6. Fogey permalink
    May 31, 2009 3:50 pm

    I hear you there.
    We went the “CUV” route… and used at that. Decent milage.

    As far as the planet goes… well, one must first accept the premise that it is actually being destroyed. I’ve yet to hear that case made convincingly.

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