Home: This morning started unlike most Saturday mornings. Anthony did not have football today. So as I woke, I was happy to make my morning coffee and hop back into bed. Twilight Saga was showing all day on TV, and I drank the fragrant Folgers aroma in while slowly waking up. Most Saturday mornings are rushed and the moment my feet hit the floor I am off and running. My husband and I lay in the bed another 45 minutes alone before Grace woke. She seemed a little tired still, but was more than happy to accompany us under the toasty warm quilt. Around 10:30 am we started playing too rough for bed, and that signaled we all should started our day. My husband shaved and showered while Grace and I couldn’t find it in us to remove ourselves from under the quilt. After his shower he smelled and looked so good I figured it was my turn. Taking time to shower alone and enjoy the hot water trickling over my naked body, I thought of what today would bring, and how Grace would make out with her first real “trick or treating” experience. While I was preparing my face and hair for the day, daddy gave Grace a quick shower. We were all dressed and ready to walk out the door by noon. The three of us headed to the Amish market to grab some weekly essentials and maybe even a few treats that the Amish take time to handcraft. As we pulled into the parking lot we realized we were too late and hordes of people roamed in-between many parked vehicles. Scratch that idea, but hunger still threatened our sanity. My husband drove towards a location unknown to myself. I peeked back at my daughter to realize her eyes were getting very heavy and it was approaching nap time. I gently asked “What drive-through are we headed to?” He looked confused and said “None”. I tilted my heads towards the back seat of our truck for him to see our precious angel on the verge of sleep. He asked me to keep her awake as we continued the drive. I obliged by playing I spy and tickling her legs. We finally made it to our intended destination Lucky’s. I love this place they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and alcohol all day. I thought asking for a Jack and Coke at 12:30 pm might be a bit much so coffee it was. Grace did not want to eat or drink anything. I was happy I had asked the hostess for a booth, because she settled down on her left hand side with daddy’s phone and her pink jacket over top of her. We were served quickly and our food was out within 10 minutes. Constantly asking Grace if she wanted bacon, eggs, scrapple or any other item on me and her father’s plate she declined drowsily. We considered the fact that we were all up very late and maybe she was just worn out. Hey, even as adults we have lazy days where we don’t want to be bothered. Taking my first bite of the second half of my scrapple, egg, and cheese sandwich Grace lifted her head and became interested in the OJ the server brought for her. She hopped up in daddy’s lap and took one sip. I looked at her and smiled and I saw it happening before it did. She shrugged her shoulders as though the convulsion came from the pit of her stomach. Before a second had passed she spewed vomit all over our table, all over herself and daddy too. Daddy had quickly grabbed her pink coat and held it over her mouth as she continued to vomit. I hopped up, interrupted a conversation between our waiter and a co-worker with a quick “I need the check, and bar towels too.” I went back to our booth grabbed Grace and ran out the door. I did not want her to throw up on anyone else or their food. She seemed a little better once outside in the cool air. Only then did I notice she was completely drenched in her own stomach juices. Daddy came walking out the door and unlocked the truck. I grabbed two plastic trash bags, an extra towel I keep just in case, and headed into the back seat with my baby to be driven like Miss Daisy. Took her vomit soaked clothes off and wrapped her in the towel. As we drove home my husband informed me that our breakfast was $40, which meant the server received 62% tip. Oh well kids get sick and no one in the restaurant made us feel any other way. He also informed me he could feel the throw up soaking through his shirt. Grace fell asleep quickly. We got home and my husband put Grace to bed. I grabbed our bathroom trash can, cleaned it out with Lysol, and also grabbed a roll of toilet paper. This man still covered in vomit was tucking his little girl in as I entered the room with supplies and a sippy cup. She was out and all future weekend plans are shut down as of now. I do not think I will take her trick or treating tonight, which stinks because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Oh well, the life of dedicated parents. I guess I will sit here and bang on this keyboard until my angel calls for mommy. Hope everyone else has a great one.
Class: This week’s class was intense however, Professor Mangini continued to show us he is a person just like any of us with sharing his daughter Elise’s second birthday pictures. She is absolutely adorable and he and his wife are very blessed to have her. A statement was made by Mr. M that bothered me a little, that statistics show what a student leans in one class is seldom brought to another. I do not know if I have fell victim to this statistic or not, but concerns me as we continue to analyze education. Blog assignments were discussed and blog 15 is optional, which obviously means I will complete. I am excited for blog 16 as this could be the frame work for the Room For Debate paper. I am an excellent arguer and for many years thought law was where I belonged. However, due to injustices during the OJ Simpson trial, I chose not to follow that path….Yea I am that old that I watched the trial and was interested. The true meaning of credentials was address as far as what makes a person’s opinion valid on any given subject. We also discussed rhetoric and rhetorical situations. The issue with rhetoric is there are many ways to define it. Rhetoric, defined for the purpose of our class, is an effective means of communication. It was mentioned that it can also be described in part as an art of persuasion. Great philosophers such as Socrates and Plato have developed specific elements of rhetorical situations:
- Logos- Logic or reasoning, actual content of speech, organized. Text
- Ethos-Creditability or trustworthiness. Reflecting character.
- Pathos-Emotional appeal, appealing to audiences sensibilities and audience perspectives
- Telos-Attitude of speech. Purpose
- Kairos-Setting of context.
- Invention-Creation of ideas
- Arrangement-How the topic is organized
- Style-How you communicate, tone, genre
- Memory-Spoken word memorization as well as how things can change
- Delivery-How do you get it out there