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Things I Have Learned in the Last 48 Hours

1. Spelling Bees are not a place to flex burgeoning acting desires.  Spellmasters are not entertained by a first grader who lavishly calls out to the crowd of 200 in a dramatic Shakespearean voice, “What is my word?”

2.  First graders who treat Spelling Bees like “stage shows” are quite displeased when disqualified from the bee for accidentally saying an errant letter before correctly spelling their word.  They might cry, flail and break down as they are wrested from the stage by their mother.  In front of 200 people.

3. I am not emotionally or physically capable of caring for three of my own children and a neighbor’s three children for 24 hours.  Particularly after a day of Spelling Bee trauma.

3.  Six children are capable of eating 10 eggs and an entire package of bread at one breakfast.

4. Some children are so sensitive to new medications that they may stay up for 28 hours straight the first day they take it. I have one of these children.  And he did this last night.

5.  I am incapable of functioning in any coherent way on four hours of sleep over a three-day period.

6.  I hate Spelling Bees.

7.  I know God tells us that He will not give us more than we can handle.  I believe Him, but I’m pressed, I tell you, quite pressed.

Posted on 4 February '09 by , under Humor/Disconnected Miscellany.

20 Comments to “Things I Have Learned in the Last 48 Hours”

#1 Posted by andreacook (04.02.09 at 13:04 )

Hang in there sweetie. Those are big time stress balls you are juggling!!!

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#2 Posted by Helene (04.02.09 at 13:21 )

Wow, what a rough 48 hours you have had!!! I had a God doesn’t give us more than we can handle moment this morning as well! Hang in there…things can only get better!

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#3 Posted by Patty O. (04.02.09 at 13:27 )

Wowsers! I am amazed you are still conscious right now. You need like a two-day vacation from all kids and puppies. I would come and provide babysitting, I have discovered that number 3 on your list applies to me too, especially when I am pregnant. I can come over and bring chocolate, though!

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#4 Posted by Kia (GoodEnoughMama) (04.02.09 at 13:44 )

Sorry, babe, but “pressed” doesn’t even begin to describe the week you’re having. Move to Canada. I’ll help you with some of your million and one responsibilities. Promise.

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#5 Posted by mrsbear (04.02.09 at 13:44 )

Oh my goodness, Elizabeth. What a 48 hours indeed. That you even pulled together this hugely entertaining blog post is quite a feat. Sorry about the disastrous Bee, and the six children, and the adverse med effects. Live and learn. Hope you get some rest in there at some point. 🙂

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#6 Posted by Tonggu Momma (04.02.09 at 13:47 )

Ack! CPS might have already stopped by my place if I had that little sleep. Hang in there!

And I totally don’t believe that old saying of “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.” I think its actually “God doesn’t give us more than HE can handle.” 🙂

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#7 Posted by Elizabeth (04.02.09 at 14:15 )

Now that is the truth!

I have heard some convincing talks on the fact that God does give us more than we can handle, and how that relates to Him, like you said, and also the whole brokenness concept but I am too brain-dead to delve anymore into the topic at this point.

Excellent point!

#8 Posted by kim (04.02.09 at 14:21 )

Oh you poor thing!
I am so sorry
it has been quite a time hasn’t it
Rest and take some time just for you – that
should make you feel better 🙂

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#9 Posted by ali (04.02.09 at 16:04 )

I knew spelling bees were nothing but trouble! T-R-O-U-B-L-E!

#10 Posted by Tari (04.02.09 at 21:28 )

SO hysterical! Hang in there!

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#11 Posted by Laura (04.02.09 at 21:39 )

ha, your neighbor owes you one. I say: cash that favor in. My neighbor and I watch each other’s rugrats…er….kids on occasion, but we only have 2. And no spelling bees. Or awake-athons.

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#12 Posted by hellokittiemama/MT (04.02.09 at 22:52 )

Hang in there!

I’m sure it doesn’t make reflecting back on your day any easier, but hopefully this felt hecka good to write down and get out.


Breathe in, Breathe out.

Come to NJ for a girls night out?

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#13 Posted by the domestic fringe (05.02.09 at 11:21 )

I’m sorry your kiddo isn’t feeling well. I hope he starts sleeping so you can.

Spelling bees are terrible!!!

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#14 Posted by astarte (05.02.09 at 12:44 )

Thanks for coming by my blog!

Spelling bees sound scary. Our school doesn’t do them, although there was a geography bee that Josie didn’t make past the first round. Apparently, she can’t find her way out of a paper bag. I couldn’t help but laugh when I read your day, but only because it’s so awful it was funny!

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#15 Posted by Katherine (05.02.09 at 19:47 )

I was in a spelling bee once. OPERATOR did it in for me. I am one of those parents that will always write my kid a sick note on spelling-bee-day.
Here is praying tomorrow is better.

#16 Posted by Peanut (06.02.09 at 03:26 )

Wow! Rough couple of days. Sheesh. Get some sleep… it’ll get better!

#17 Posted by Apr il ~ EnchantedDandelions (06.02.09 at 13:37 )

Just sending ((HUGS)) and I hope you are able to get some rest and peace in the coming days!

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#18 Posted by Stimey (10.02.09 at 18:52 )

I’m sorry to laugh at your pain, but I’m glad you are able to keep your sense of humor. The spelling bee sounds like an Event!

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