Friday, November 13, 2009

On the agenda

It's nice to have a weekend when neither Zakir nor I are on call, but we still have a full couple of days. Today Bilal and I drove down to the AAA office to get some maps and info for our upcoming trip to St. Louis. We'll be visiting family over the Thanksgiving break. I also reserved a hotel room half way so that we can break the trip on the way there. 7+ hours would be quite a bit with Bilal. Four or five hours to Mobile isn't usually too bad, but we don't want to push our luck. It is great that we had plenty of points accumulated to get a free night at the Hampton Inn.

The rest of the day was just low key; we hung outside until it was too dark to play in the yard. Sadly, that comes too early these days. We are still having warm days, but the temperature drops fairly rapidly as the sun starts to set. And I still can't figure out what to do with these long, dark evenings.

Tomorrow the APPNA Alabama chapter meets at Noccalula Falls for its fall meeting. APPNA is an organization of doctors of Pakistani descent in the US. The Alabama chapter is still fairly young, but growing. The last time we went to the Falls it hadn't rained in months, and the waterfall was less than impressive, but I have heard that it is quite a site to see after the rains. So we are looking forward to that.

Sunday, of course, is Sunday School for the kids, which takes up the better part of the day, and by the time they get home and have a late lunch they are already getting into school mode for the following week. and I am working a thirteen hour, THIRTEEN HOUR urgent care shift. Why am I such a sucker for punishment???!!! So I won't be home till 1am Monday morning, and then it will be back to work at 8am as usual. I am taking Bilal to work Monday since Vicki is out of town. Maybe we can both come home after clinic and have a nice long nap. I can wish, right?

Speaking of naps, Bilal's are getting shorter and shorter. He still gets cranky if he doesn't nap at all. On top of that he still hasn't adjusted to the daylight savings time change. So no matter how late he goes to bed, he's still up at the crack of dawn. The last couple of nights I gave up on trying to stretch his bed time until 8pm and have been putting him down earlier. At least he won't be as sleep deprived over time.

Safa, Hamza and I just finished another game of Phase 10. Seriously, that is one of the most fun card games I have ever played. We always end up rolling on the floor with laughter, and with tears streaming down our faces. All the while singing Beatles songs at the top of our lungs, (out of tune of course!) It's a pity that Bilal isn't old enough to join in the fun, we have to wait until he goes to bed before we can take out the cards. Maybe in a couple of years he'll be playing with us too.


Unknown said...

You are one busy mama. I hope you've caught up on some rest by now. Sounds like all is going well. I can't believe how big Bilal is getting!

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