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This Family Needs a Break

Well, my teenager has a very, very bad case of chicken pox. She’s had them before so color me shocked when I took her in this morning. I found a fiddleback spider in the laundry hamper last night and was seriously worried this was from a bite. Yesterday around six p.m., she had two spots. This morning– hundreds of blisters. Everywhere. And respiratory stuff with it. Poor thing is miserable. I’m hurting for her.

I had planned to finish up another column on description which is a continuance of the Keep it Real post earlierThe Write Snark: Keep it Simple , but I need to be with her today. We’re going to watch some movies to keep her mind off what’s happening to her and maybe later, I’ll let her add some of her CDs to my mix.

MY Mix:

The soundtrack to The Shipping News. Amazon.com: The Shipping News: Music: Christopher Young,Alan Wilson,Robin Jeff
This is an EXCELLENT instrumental CD for writing!! Christopher Young composed it and I can’t say enough. Listen to the samples yourself. It has a Celtic feel… really, check it out. 🙂

Pollyn. New band. Mellow, trip hop style with female vox. I’ve had it a week and am enjoying very much. They have sample clips here Pollyn

G-Spliff’s My Melancholic Girls. This is a new one for me as well. I found it on Emusic. com, which is an excellent place to get legal downloads of music– mostly independent bands. This is trip hop as well. Need the mellow mood this week. (grin) Amazon.com: My Melancholic Girls: Music: G-Spliff

My Daughter’s Mix this week:

Flyleaf. FLYLEAF The music starts immediately when you pull up their site. It’s hard hitting metal with female vox. Should mix nicely with my more mellow choices this week. heh heh She’s working on her dad to take her to this concert in March. Along with…

All American Rejects. The All-American Rejects: Media / Music Okay, I confess, I have copies of this stuff myself. What can I say, my taste in music is all over the place.

Whatever cheers her up today is okay with me. Send up healthy wishes for the poor kiddo.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out Gena’s new book, Jewel of Atlantis. It’s already climbing the ranks at Barnes and Noble and I’m so thrilled for her!!!
Jewel Of Atlantis


  1. January 25, 2006    

    Healthy wishes coming your way!!! Poor thing!

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  3. January 25, 2006    

    Has your son told your daughter that the chicken pox is cosmic retaliation for mutilating his picture? 😉

  4. January 25, 2006    

    Mostly, he just stares at her. It’s really unsettling, the way she looks. I have a feeling his turn is next. I think he does, too. So he’s being very nice.

    He’s probably just thrilled some of our attention is diverted. We’ve been on serious homework watch.

    Ah, the joys of parenthood.

  5. January 25, 2006    

    I hope she gets better really soon! Poor thing. I had them when I was five. My sisters both got chicken pox, and my mom told them not to scratch. But she never said I couldn’t scratch FOR them…

    Yeah. I never did THAT again.

  6. January 26, 2006    

    The first time I took a vacation with the kids and without Ben (it was tax season), we drove to Eufala and stayed at Arrowhead Lodge. By they time we got there Bryan had Pink Eye. I went from the registration desk to a doctor’s office to get eye medicine. By 10:30 that night Jenn was running a high temperature and breaking out with Chicken Pox. The only place open where I could get tylenol in the middle of the night was an Indian Smoke Shop. It is a vacation I’ll never forget. These days I carry all kinds of meds with me when I travel.

  7. January 26, 2006    

    Rachel. Ew. hahahaha

    Poor Betty. Doesn’t sound like a fun vacation.

    I just called the doctor’s office. I know they think I’m nuts, but I went in to wake my daughter for her medication and one eye is swollen shut, huge, purple and oh, I won’t finish the explanation because it looks just awful! I’m so worried the infection is going into her eye. My husband took one look and went for the phone. They say this can happen– not to be alarmed by how bad it looks.

    As a mother, that is so easier said than done. I’m ready for her to get better now.

    You all have been wonderful with all these good wishes.

  8. January 29, 2006    

    How long is this suppose to last?

  9. January 29, 2006    

    Till this weekend, the doctor said but maybe longer since it’s such a bad case. I’m debating right now on letting her go back to school tomorrow. Doc said Monday but she gets upset at the thought of going back with scabs all over her. I don’t blame her. She’s getting up and around more and laughing, so it seems to be going away.

    Last night, my husband sprouted a rash on his arm. We’re watching him now. Fun days, eh?

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