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Happy Birthday pamspam! Of course [she notes, sheepishly] it's the 18th on your side of the pond, but on my side it's still the 17th!

My excuses, let me show them you:

My two younger daughters were in a theatrical production with performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I was running around backstage trying to keep the youngest (my beloved highly ADHD Whirlwind of Destruction) from bringing the house down in a most literal fashion, as in by actually disassembling it. Fortunately I was able to do this, and as a result her older sister was able to bring the house down in a more traditional sense. Did I mention that we had to bake goodies to sell at the performance, and cook dinner for cast and crew two nights? Translation: INSANELY BUSY WEEKEND.

This meant that today was the day I had to run around like a chicken with its head cut off preparing for my Beloved Husband's May 18th birthday.

Oh, and... Just to add to the fun? Four hours before Sunday's performance, my husband diagnosed the Whirlwind of Destruction with a case of (*shudder*) head lice. This meant an insane amount of laundry (including the lace bonnet she was wearing on stage, which had to be boiled and ironed in time for the production), and an elaborate and pesticidal shampooing, followed by much combing with a special nit comb. And repeat combing (which takes over an hour each time) today. At least I managed to get the three older kids through elementary school with nary a louse though. This particular child was put here on Earth to make doubly sure that I do not suffer from the sin of Pride.

Well, I didn't mean this to be a downer. It may have been a busy day, but it was also one of those spring days here that is clear, and just warm enough, with a profusion of blooms, and the last leaves unfurling and beginning to lose their shy spring green, so it was a good day just to be alive. I hope that your birthday was as beautiful, as full of joy, and as overflowing with good spirits and fine companionship as a rare day in May should be, and that my late posting is just a last echo of a thunderous swelling of good wishes and warm feelings.

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artaxastra
May. 18th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm sorry about the head lice! I've had two rounds of that with my daughter. Tea tree oil did the trick, finally....
thothmes
May. 19th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Thank you for the (WARNING! PUN COMING! WARNING!) heads-up. I shall definitely keep that in mind if the latest round of Nasty Pesticides and fanatical combing with the Special Comb don't do the trick!

I've friended you back, btw. Would have done it last night but after all the day's excitement (my husband's birthday was yesterday), I fell asleep before I got my playtime on the internet!
artaxastra
May. 19th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
It's nice to meet you. I never mind if people don't friend me back, btw. I'm not so terribly interesting! *g* I've been reading some of your fic and really enjoying it.
thothmes
May. 19th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
So glad you are enjoying. :)

I think I'm pretty (shrug) average too. And I've certainly enjoyed every fic of yours I've read, so "Backatcha!"
draco_somnians
May. 18th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
This post made my head itch... Lol. Why is it that whenever someone even mentions the word "headlice" all you can feel is things crawling in your hair?

I second the above comment. Tea Tree Oil. Works a treat.
thothmes
May. 19th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree about the contagious head itch. I find myself scratching and worrying, and yet I know I'm in the clear, because my husband checked me over very carefully, as I did him. Of course the punchline is that I was sitting there carefully refusing to scratch what I was sure was a fantasy creature, when I could resist no longer and reached up, only to interrupt a black fly at work! It's the season for them, and we have plenty of them around, and ordinarily I would have defended myself immediately, but this time I was trying too hard not to battle the imaginary lice!

He tells me the story of being on a dermatology rotation as a med student, and being in the room when the attending physician made a diagnosis of scabes. Scabes is significantly easier than lice to spread person to person, and causes horrible itching. He remembers watching the surreptitious scratching spread, medically speaking, from the top down. First to scratch was the attending, who had actually been in (carefully gloved) contact with the patient. Then came the third year resident, then the intern, then my husband, the lowly med student. He thinks the inverse order was due to the fact that the more you knew, the more you worried!

Thank you for the vote of confidence on the tea tree oil. I'll keep it in mind if this round of Nasty Chemicals and fanatical combing with the Very Special Lice Comb doesn't work.

Icon is one that works for the story I started with, but I seldom use it, because after I made it I began to wonder if I came up with it because I might have seen something similar elsewhere. So now I can't use it (*sigh*) without simultaneously issuing a Possible Plagiarism Warning. Can you tell I'm the child of academics? ;)
draco_somnians
May. 19th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Aaaand there we go with the itching again. Lol. I caught scabies once. It's horrible. And now whenever I get any excessive itchiness (especially at the knees and elbows) my brain immediately leaps to "omg it's scabies again!". It never has been since. My doctor at the time took one look at my arms and immediately jumped up and disinfected his hands! Apparently he'd caught it a few times himself from patients.

The trouble with the Nasty Chemicals is the lice build up a resistance to them. Hopefully they'll work. I think my mum used a tea tree conditioner on my sister and left it in for a couple of hours, then went through it with the nit comb. She had very persistent headlice once.
thothmes
May. 19th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ooops. Sorry about the re-itching. [Sends virtual calamine.]
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