Fred still felt pretty crappy this morning, and so we both stayed home from work. As usual when Fred stays home from work, Tex called a thousand times with questions or comments. It simply doesn’t occur to him that Fred might not want to spend all the live-long day dealing with work stuff when he’s not feeling well.

The spud started back at school today. Finally. She was as relieved to be going back as we were to see her go, I think. She didn’t have to be dragged out of bed this morning at 6:15, not even after two and a half weeks of sleeping until 8 or later. I helped her change her earrings, reminded her to put the dishes in the dishwasher away, and at 7:00 sharp, she was out the door to catch the bus.

However, I suspect she misplaced some brain cells over christmas vacation. She got home from school, had a snack, and began studying math. She’s been having problems in math this year – the whole long division thing is completely baffling her – and every day she’s required to sit and study for half an hour. Today, she brought some problems downstairs for Fred to help her with. I didn’t listen to the whole conversation, but what I did hear went something like:

Fred: Well, what’s 8 times 1?

Spud: 10?

Yikes! That can’t be good… Maybe we let her watch too much TV over vacation. That I Love Lucy sure can rot the brain cells.

I caught Monica Lewinsky on Larry King Monday night, and I have to say this: I like her. She seems very nice, and who among us hasn’t made mistakes with men in the past? I mean, sure, we didn’t do it to quite that extent, but really. I’ve dated an ass or two for whom I wouldn’t want the whole world judging me. She made mistakes, and she’s dealing with it and trying to move on. She told Larry that she doesn’t get asked out, which led Fred to say "I don’t believe that! Do you?" I said "Yeah. Would you want to tell your Mom you were going out with Monica Lewinsky? I bet she hardly ever gets asked out." In the end, mostly what I feel is sorry for her. I’m sure she never thought things would turn out the way they did.

And that’s all I have to say ’bout that.