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Adulting win-slash-lifehack for vaccinations

My family has seen the same family practice for the last twenty years and I love that we have a good relationship with our doctors. However, we moved about five years ago. Since then, we’ve seen them once or twice a year for annual physicals and followups but usually go to a local doc-in-the-box for smaller things because it is an hour-long drive to get to the office.

The kids were all due for their second shot in various series and I was kind of dreading trying to find a school vacation day when we could make the drive out. It turns out that our family doctor was happy to fax a prescription for the vaccines to our local grocery store pharmacy. We have gotten flu shots there in the past; the pharmacist is very helpful and the store is super clean. Best part: I could do this on a Saturday morning, no appointment, just a few phone calls to make sure that they’d received the prescription and had the vaccine in stock. I’ll bring in the paperwork from the shots to their next physical so that their medical records are complete.

One thing that was confusing was that the grocery store was not on the online list of providers for some of these vaccines. I ended up making three phone calls — one to the pharmacy to confirm that they had or could obtain the vaccine, one to our doctor to request the prescription, and one last call to the pharmacy to confirm they’d received it.

Bonus: the store had a Starbucks for the obligatory after-shot treat.


The murderous breakfast club


Seasonally available

It’s here, it is finally here!


Pumpkin Spice nutpods are my dairy-free creamer of choice these days.

Closely following pumpkin spice season is my least favorite season, flu season. This morning I took the girls to get our flu shots at Giant.

If you’re looking for flu shot providers, the CDC has a handy widget that will help you find one.


Summer is over




Day 90

Just under the wire with only two days to go. My office is cleaned and painted and organized and I am ready and eager to get back to work.

(It has five walls, hence the weird angles.)

Day 83


The biggest part of the downstairs remodel is finally done… at least, enough to move on to Marcus’s room. Over the last few weeks, I’ve patched and primed the walls of the main room, painted the ceiling and walls, and torn up the carpet and padding. Yesterday I helped Matthew install the last fidgety bits of the bamboo flooring that we’ve had acclimating downstairs for the last five years.

This was my main goal for my sabbatical — getting the sewing/crafting/printing/whatever stuff out of my office and the living room and into the downstairs. I am no longer the Keeper of the Laminator, and the basement is gradually turning into a combined makerspace and reading area for adults and kids alike.

The next phase of my plan is moving Marcus out of his room, giving it the same treatment, and then running baseboards and trim for the entire downstairs area at the same time. At present, we’re at a good holding place for moving “making stuff” into one place in the house.


Day 79