We had plans to go to a Mardi Gras parade on Friday night but the Boy’s nose was running and he was acting a bit sluggish, so we said, “Nah, we’ll go to the last one in the city tomorrow.” Well, on Saturday he woke up with a fever so since the Girl had “Science Saturday” at LSU (it’s a lecture series for high school kids. She gets extra credit for going – she deserved it for this one – BORING!) so I said I’d go with her to that and then we’d head off to the parade.

After listening to a guy talk about producing ethanol from sugar cane and all the political and economic costs, we headed into the main part of the city for the parade. It was a mad house, so after driving around and around and NOT finding a parking space, I said, “Let’s just go home.”

On Sunday, the Boy was still sick, so I went to 9:30 Mass and The Girl and DH went to 6 pm, where they sing.

Monday was my birthday and everyone had it and yesterday off because of Mardi Gras, so I was looking forward to a great day.

DH woke up with a 101.3 fever.

So, no breakfast in bed for me, no bowling and no dinner out. I did go to my Weight Watchers’ meeting and was down 1.6 pounds, so that’s something. The Girl and I went to the mall because I had a Sears gift card I hadn’t used from Christmas. I found two dresses on the “up to 75% off rack.” One was marked $70 and one was marked $80, but they were both on sale for $9.99 each, so I got them!

Yesterday, I went out and go some groceries and DH felt good enough later that we did go out for dinner.

Today, however, Ash Wednesday, he’s feeling absolutely miserable and has a Dr. appointment tomorrow, and the Girl stayed home from school with an upset stomach.

We did see the child psychatrist for the Boy and after talking to her, I feel better about my son. He still talks to pictures and goes nuts when he has sugar, but at least he isn’t depressed and he doesn’t freak out if I move any of his toys. She’ll see him next week.

My Lenten disciplines are: Write either 6 new pages or edit an old chapter (on different books) or both every day, and be absolutely scrupulous in keeping track of my WW points.

What are you going to do these 40 days of Lent?