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Posted on 2017.05.21 at 22:31
What was the week like? Oh this and that. Some strep throat, some dance recitals, some in-laws, and finishing it off with some lice.

Louis Wain is known for doing these big-eyed anthropomorphic cats:

Wain lived 1860-1939, mostly in London.

I have come to the conclusion that all of Heebieville has a low-level chronic lice infection, and we're all kidding ourselves that we're ever lice-free. Now and then the flare ups are undeniable, so we are forced to beat it back to its customary lurking presence. Two years ago, I shelled out beaucoup bucks at the professional lice-pickers. Since then I have combed the kids clean several times and begun to trust my ability to nit-pick.

But tomorrow, we are taking a big six-person family trip back to the professional pickers because I am worn down and defeated. If your entire household is checked or treated and pronounced clean all together, then you get a 30 day guarantee, which will last us into summer vacation.

Isn't it marvelous how the grossest things become your new normal and you just drearily admit it and keep going?

Wain drew hundreds of cats a year, published in annuals, postcards, etc. All these images are from Pinterest.

Pokey got sent home with a raging case of strep throat on Wednesday, so I missed the last half of faculty conferences. That was a perk.  The only thing I enjoyed was hearing my colleague say, "What's so bad about opening up a can of worms? You just scoop them up and put them back in the can. No, this is a can of bees. You open them up and you're screwed, they're flying everywhere and trying to sting you. This thing we're doing here is a can of bees."

Pokey and I, despite raging strep, had a high-quality mother-son day. I took him to the library. We found the graphic novel section, and his eyes got so big as he saw all the choices. He is currently reading the Babymouse series. "So I can just come back and get more when I finish these?" he gaped. He was smitten with the library.

After that, we went swimming in the river. It was freezing. He clambored all over me, teeth knocking, and I piggy-back carried him up and downstream.


On Friday, my in-laws came to town, to watch everyone in their dance recitals and baseball games. Baseball ended up being rained out.

Hawaii was in three separate numbers: one tap, one ballet, and one hip-hop. Pokey was in a hip-hop number, Go Ninja Go, which you may recall from Vanilla Ice's hit single from the Ninja Turtles 2 movie in 1991.  Ace was in a ballet piece.

(Is it cringey cultural appropriation to have your nerdy suburban kids in hip-hop? Maybe! But if you can get past that, it is just so much amazing fun.)

Our ballet teacher puts on a great dance recital. Everything is very short and almost all the songs are upbeat and merry.  We always buy the DVD and then the kids ask to watch themselves for cartoons all year long.

Louis Wain was in and out of institutions throughout his life. These are his kaleidoscope cats, which (apparently) often show up in psychology textbooks as examples of schizophrenic thought patterns. Most of the websites I see claim Wain had schizophrenia, but Wikipedia says that's not certain.

Since the in-laws were in town, Jammies and I snuck out for a date night. We discussed the kids.
"I can almost see the light at the end of the day," Jammies opined, which is my new favorite Jamaalapropism.

They certainly have that very specific paisley-fractal thing you get when you're tripping balls. Try not to stare at your face in the mirror. In fact, generally do not linger in bathrooms.

I'm not planning on getting any Louis Wain tattoos, but I'm sort of fond of the guy for his prolificness and his struggles.

I've got some god-awful acid reflux tonight.

I've mostly run out of things to say, but I still have a few more photos.

Next weekend, we are going camping for the long weekend. So your regularly scheduled programming here will be delayed until Monday.

We blew past that magic moment when your car hits 200,000 miles and did not notice.

But we got the magic of 200,407 documented for all the world to remember us by.


Kelly Jennings
Kelly Jennings at 2017-05-22 16:58 (UTC) (Link)

Can of bees

I love can of bees.

When my nephews kept having lice, it was because it was endemic at their school. Once they left that school, no more lice.

But your kids aren't all at the same school, are they? Hmm.

Also, my SIL shaved their heads, which helped. IDK if you want to go THAT far.
heebie_geebie at 2017-05-30 03:50 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Can of bees

We haven't yet done any head-shaving, although our friend with four boys just shaves everyone down.

At the lice place, the nit-picker praised my picking skills and generally went on and on about how good a job I seemed to have done with Pokey's hair. She sort of restored my sense of balance on this intractible, terrible issue.

They don't send kids home for lice anymore, because it's not a medical problem, and so it shouldn't interfere with student learning. That's the party line, but I don't believe it - I'm pretty sure it's because state funding is tied to attendance rates and so schools are wildly obsessive about their attendance numbers. So the lice persists.
rebeccastob at 2017-05-26 04:55 (UTC) (Link)
Lice! So far my kids have not gotten lice - that I know of (is it obvious?) There are every so often notes that come home from school about lice at the school. Sometimes I feel bad that I don't arrange any extracurricular activities like sports or dance - but I guess Eric does do girl and boy scouts with the kids so that's something. I might try to find some kind of specialized camp this summer that they can do one of the weeks they are with me.

I'm feeling a little sad because the hot 29 year old that I was dating broke up with me by email and so I won't be spending Memorial day weekend having lots of sex and listening to bands on acid at the music festival we were going to go to. But also what else did I expect by dating a 29 year old white male software developer so meh. Also work has been stressful - the usual ACA stress and being 10 million dollars wrong stress but I'm so much better at dealing with it now after 4 years!
heebie_geebie at 2017-05-30 03:54 (UTC) (Link)
Lice is not that obvious (at least not in my kids' hair) but our kids get pretty itchy from it, which is often my tip-off. Also I'm now in the habit of combing their hair out any time we catch wind of someone in our circle having lice. It's pretty easy to detect with a comb.

Oh man, I'm sorry to hear about your Memorial Weekend and young stud falling apart! I hope the stress gives way soon. What's the 10 million dollars wrong stress - what job did you turn down five years that struck big???
rebeccastob at 2017-05-30 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
Fortunately I found a cute 31 year old on Tinder at the folk festival at the Seattle Center and reminded myself that casual sex can be fun and casual!

Actually it was only about 9 million in the direction of my company paying more that my estimate of risk adjustment was off - but it was within my range! No
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