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To flu vaccinate or no….

An interesting debate to be sure and I’m curious to see why YOU have to say about this. ¬†Of course, this won’t be all serious, I do have some funny-ish stuff to report as well ūüėČ

So, a few months back I heard Mac and Katherine on Catholic in a Small Town podcast discussing Katherine’s preference NOT to get the flu vaccine….#203, you can check it out on iTunes…and it got me thinking about the flu vaccine and WHY do I bother each year? ¬†Is it worth it? ¬†What am I subjecting myself to? ¬†It opened up an internal can o’ worms for certain.


Anyhoooo…I work in the medical field, my employer provides the vaccine to me at no cost each year and so, I get the vaccine. ¬†I’ve not had the flu in 10 years and quite frankly, would ¬†prefer to not have it again. ¬†However….due to the controversial issues on the flu vaccine for our kids…I’ve not had them get a flu shot. ¬†Ever. ¬†That I remember, anyway. ¬† ¬†Questionable ingredients, 62%ish effectiveness rate, roll of the dice on which strain we’ll actually come in contact with, ACK…it’s too much, so we’ve opted out. ¬†However…..things ’bout to change in these parts!

Our 15 yo son came down with Flu B last weekend. ¬†I already blogged on all THAT fun here if you missed it the first time around and the kid ended up missing a WHOLE FLIPPIN’ WEEK OF SCHOOL!!! ¬†yes, High School. ¬†Good times. ¬†The kicker is that I actually started getting sick at the end of the week last week, sucked it up for a couple of days (chalking it up to allergies and pollen), however, by Saturday afternoon–after an ENTIRE day of solo and ensemble stuff with our 13 yo and tag-along 9 yo daughter, I came home and went to bed and got up yesterday. ¬†Monday. ¬†Ugh. ¬†Fever’s gone and I was back to work today, but still…..ain’t. ¬†quite. ¬†right. ¬†And I WAS vaccinated!!! ¬†WTH??!?!? ¬†So when I brought the 15yo BACK to the doc yesterday for additional antibiotics for “possible” pneumonia still not resolved as a result of his flu….I decided next year EVERYONE gets the vaccine. ¬†Mine didn’t last as long as his, certainly wasn’t as brutal and you know “Ain’t NOBODY got time for that” to be staying home with sick kids, for kids to be missing a week of schoolwork (the stuff the teachers didn’t email…) and we ALL know Mama don’t have time to be sick..even though Daddy is a pretty fantastic taker-carer.

So, what’s your take? ¬†Flu vaccine or no?

On the upside…..I got a TON of reading in. ¬†Finished Screwtape letters, almost finished A year of biblical womanhood, completely caught up on my Daily Catechism readings—(I MAY have been 3 weeks behind). ¬†Mailed a long overdue encouragement card and ordered The Power of Positive Thinking to go with said card. ¬†Slept so much my back ached. ¬†Lost a few pounds. ¬†Woke up from a nap to find Hubby and 75% of the kids playing Monopoly….WITHOUT blood shed. ¬†True. ¬†No joke. ¬†Prayed. ¬†(It was a good few days to be on my heart…you are so covered it’s ridiculous). ¬†Continue to play with PicMonkey and learn a little more.

Phew. ¬†It’s been a long couple days.


Friday, Advent and style…it’s a theme.

It’s Friday, so that means it must be: ¬†7 Quick Takes with Jennifer Fulwiler et al. ¬†Join on in, it’s a super crowd!!

1) I don’t want to get anyone all crazy or anything but Advent is just around the corner, December 2, 2012…the first day. ¬†You ready?? ¬†Huh?? ¬†Huh?? ¬†Huh?? ¬†Me?? ¬†Uhhhhhh. ¬†Sorta. ¬†Our family does a little thing each Advent, for every day, this will be our 3rd year. ¬†I have procured the items we will need over the past many months. ¬†It’s something a good friend of mine started us on our first year in where we randomly and anonymously “gift” someone throughout Advent. ¬†It’s not anything big, just something small to hopefully brighten their day and spread some CHRISTmas joy. ¬†Yes, the cards even say “Merry Christmas”…..scandalous in this P.C. day and age, right??

2) Now I’ve just spent 2 hours trying to decide which site to use for our Christmas card with the right pictures and coupon code and the site freaked out and I had to start over. ¬† Grrrr.. ¬†Bedtime!!

3) We’ve had soccer and cheer all week, staggered so it’s been very DRAWN OUT! ¬†At least I’m getting my walks in!! ¬†However, joy of joys….it is the LAST week of both girl’s sports. ¬†Our last ¬†soccer game is tomorrow and it’s at HOME, and cheer finishes up with competition on Black Friday (can you believe the nerve?!?!?)

4) This week gave me a little reminder of how busy the holiday season is going to be and my girlfriend and I are going to start a little holiday health challenge/focus to get us through the New Year. ¬†It’s such an insane time of year with parties, plays, gift giving, meals, time off from school, juggling family visits etc, that, as a woman (and I’m sure a few men, too) we tend to get so caught up in taking care of others and focusing on activities that we OFTEN forget to take care of ourselves. ¬†Therefore, we are planning on being accountable for regular exercise (nothing crazy…just staying active) and watching what we put in our mouths. ¬†We need to remind ourselves our body is The Temple of Christ and I think we all forget that from time to time. ¬†Isn’t Advent a “good” time to focus on that? ¬†Anyone can join in…if there’s a big interest I’ll make up something “official-like”, for now it’s just email and texting and friends at work accountability, too!

5) Speaking of Advent…(apparently there’s a little bit of a theme this week since I continue to return to Advent), My blog is almost at 100 followers! ¬†So, I’ve decided that ¬†I’m going to do a giveaway of Dan Lord’s new book, “Choosing Joy: ¬†The secret to living a fully Christian life”. ¬†¬† If you didn’t know, Dan is married to Hallie Lord, author of “Style, sex and substance” and blogger on marriage and style over at Moxie Wife.¬†¬† I’ll post a blog on the official giveaway and all that jazz once I hit 100 followers!

6) On style….for the past two Sundays I’ve participated in “What I wore Sunday” over at Fine Linen and Purple. ¬†It’s been super fun (awesome for visitors to my blog!!!!) and inspirational on paying a little more attention to dressing for Mass and other times when I’m out of my scrubs and workout clothes (95% of my time!). ¬†As timing would have it, ¬†Dwija at House Unseen posted about taking care of appearance in general and the subtle messages it sends to our families and loved ones when we do or don’t pay attention to how we look. ¬†It definitely made me think about taking a few extra minutes on regular days, too.

7) Last one, also in reference to style….last night I bought some boots. ¬†Target. ¬†My boot envy got the best of me, especially since I currently don’t have any boots and will need them on our surprise trip in January to Pennsylvania! ¬†So exciting. ¬†The only thing about boots is that my calves are muscular and sometimes it’s really difficult to find a pair of boots to zip up past my calves. ¬†Frustrating I tell you!!

Alrighty then….I’m out. ¬†Time to wake the kiddies and get this day rockin’ on into the weekend! ¬†Blessings and don’t forget to check out Conversion Diary for other great peeps!!