1. I can't stop thinking about Relisha Rudd, an 8-year old girl who has been missing in DC for over a month. This case gets more horrifying by the day. She lived in a homeless shelter that had been established ad hoc by DC in the old DC General building. Her mother never reported her missing, allegedly fearing that her other two children would be taken from her. Relisha's school reported her absence, after what seems like a long time. Relisha was believed to be with Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter. Other residents of the shelter reported that Tatum would offer them money ($20 or $30) to take their daughters with him for god knows what. Relisha's mother allowed her to go with Tatum. He was reported to have purchased a large number of black plastic trash bags before going to Kenilworth Gardens, a National Park near where he lived. He apparently shot and killed his wife in a motel sometime before doing this, and was charged in her murder. Police searched the park, finding no trace of Relisha, but finding Tatum dead of an apparent suicide. Now, they're looking for another man, who may know something about Relisha.
Everything about this story is wrong. This little girl was so compromised, at every turn. I can't read too much about the story, because it sickens me, but I want to know what happened to this girl. No child should ever, ever, EVER have to live like this. I wish, in all fanciful worlds, that she could be found, and loved, and treasured. But I don't think that's how this story will end. What in the hell is wrong with the world that this happens to little 8-year old girls?
2) March, I do not miss you. Your effing snowstorms and school closures and broken dishwashers and germs can go to hell. I joked that if I recited the baby's afflictions from March, it started to sound like the recitation of the plagues from a Passover seder. So, here we go (pour wine as necessary): lower intestinal distress; hand, foot, and mouth; cold; conjunctivitis; double ear infection; ANOTHER cold, this time with rapid breathing & wheezing. So we ended March with another hospital ER visit, another round of albuterol breathing treatments, and (thankfully) got sent home after a couple of hours this time, but with an albuterol inhaler and a dose of oral steroids. This unfortunately might be his thing. He might have asthma. We can't know yet -it's too soon to diagnose. But now I know what to DO when his breathing scares me. And if he does have asthma? This is manageable. Seth has it. This is nothing, we can do this, especially when we look at our friends whose kids are battling far worse, like leukemia.
3) Remember the dishwasher? It's still not quite exactly perfectly fixed, but it runs. Lesson learned: call the manufacturer first. Our dishwasher is a Miele, and once we called them, and ditched the other service company? Things did get a bit better. They have outstanding customer service. Miele even talked to the repair company (which is a department of the appliannce store that we bought all our appliances from - they were excellent there) and basically got us our money back for that botched repair. They got our dishwasher to run, in a rigged fashion, but are waiting on more parts to put in so it will run RIGHT. The totals: 5 total service visits (2 from first company, 3 from Miele), with one more visit pending; 6+ weeks without a running dishwasher; 812 paper plates; one million dollars in takeout and wine coping. What a fucking odyssey. It did make me really, really, really appreciate my dishwasher, though.
4) Oh yeah. The germs that have been taking out Ajax? Also took out our nanny. She had a sinus infection, conjunctivitis, and an ear infection, courtesy of our little balls of microbes. This is someone who's worked with kids for years, and who never gets sick. Yeah, don't mess with my kid's germs. Good grief. So, that's been some fun work/leave/childcare juggling.
5) BUT SPRING APPEARS TO BE HERE. There has been SUN and WARMTH, and RUNNING OUTSIDE. And no one is ever allowed to go inside ever again where there are GERMS.
6) I bought this fancy makeup set on Haute Look to make me feel better:
7) And this yellow envelope clutch on eBay:
It's been a long winter. I have to be properly ready for spring and summer.