A Professional Opinion


When we picked up the kids tonight, the folks there said Harper couldn’t come back without a doctor’s note because they think she has the pink eye.

“Did they tell you about Harper?”
“Um. No?”
“She can’t come back with out a doctor’s note.”
“Did she bite someone?”
“They think she has the pink eye.”
“Well. Okay. What made you think that?”
“Eye boogers.”
“Eye boogers?”
“Eye boogers and pink eyes.”
“Did the nurse look at her?”
“We don’t have a nurse.”
“Okay. Well. I guess we’ll see.”

At any rate, Danielle took Harper to the doctor tonight to confirm she didn’t have pink eye while Claire and I stayed home and read comic books and watched Justice League.

Harper does not have pink eye. She has the same cold Danielle and I do. But, no pink eye.

There are two points here. First, the value of a professional opinion is a mixed bag depending on the vocation and the situation. Second, there is no point arguing with a differently fielded professional who has made up their mind.

Nice And Dangerous


My kids love me. They frequently demand hugs. They do so at the same time with some regularity. This makes me happy. Occasionally they do this at the top of the stairs with reckless, hurtling abandon. This makes me nervous. And, also, to wonder about their instinct for self preservation.

Time Consuming Times


All of our brain cycles have been directed towards complications with Claire’s stitches and the next moves for addressing the cut that won’t quit. The stitches came out yesterday and the cut partially/totally? reopened in the process.

Today was spent trying to find someone medically qualified that cared to examine this development. So. You know. Frustrating.

At any rate. I’ve got some photo round ups to do for Halloween and Gatlinberg. I’ll get to them as soon as all the extra brain cycles aren’t being consumed with the afore mentioned development. Apologies for the delay.

Ripley’s Aquarium (Gatlinberg 2013)






We went to Ripley’s Aquarium yesterday. The kids had a pretty good time all around. They had a penguin exhibit with a tunnel through it for kids to crawl along and get a close up view. Claire took Harper through it and Harper decided halfway through to just park it. About ten minutes later, she decided on her own to make her way out.

The aquarium also had a walk through underneath their shark tank. Which was pretty cool. Surprisingly, the sharks freaked Claire out a bit. Harper pretty much said “Woooooow!” to everything.

All in, it was a pretty good time.