(1.) Yesterday I started writing a post about Kim Kardashian’s divorce – it was mostly a rant and I made a lot of salient points ( I think) but then I logged onto facebook and one of my friends from home (actually, he was my first boyfriend – in the 6th grade – he dumped me when we were on a school camping trip to the Pictured Rocks for this awful girl scout named Melissa – but we managed to move on from that when we started junior high and got all mature) had this status update: sending peace and love into the world today and I thought, damn, I was about to do the opposite and so I deleted the whole thing. So I won’t say anything about that whole debacle except, really????
(2.) I am at one of those writing points where I am so excited about multiple projects. Just when I was thinking that maybe writing a play was the wrong choice because my glimmer of an idea wouldn’t form, it started to take shape! But at the same time I find myself excited for another potential writing project that would truly be more of a blogging/social media project, as well as for a book of short stories I would like to write. Tonight I am going to force myself to focus on a plan of attack for these projects and get moving on them.
(3.) Evangeline is growing so quickly it absolutely takes my breath away. Here is a picture of her eating black beans…everyone told me they would upset her stomach but she grabbed them off my plate anyway and, because she is tough like…well, somebody or something tough, her stomach didn’t get upset at all. She’s nine months old, standing and taking steps and her favorite thing to do is play tug of war with a rope toy with Skylar:
(4.) Being a working mom is harder than I ever thought. Possibly I would say the same thing about being a stay-at-home mom, too, but balancing work and family life is a constant struggle. I have days where I think I am doing okay at it and then days where Evangeline is teething, S. and I both have meetings we need to get to but in order to get to them we each need the car and we rea lize we really need to buy a second car but God, who has the time to car shop? and then E flings her sweet potatoes on my blouse and my boss calls on my blackberry and I just want to cry. In fact, crying anymore seems to me my go-to emotion, as though I don’t have any reserves left for rationally handling days like this. I am not sure what the crying is all about but I will say this – even though I find working and raising a baby more difficult than I could have imagined, and even though I cry regularly and dramatically, I am oddly happy with all of it – I even on some level find a cathartic joy in the crying. Of course, it’s easy to say I am happy today – we just had a maid service come clean the house and everything is sparkly clean for the weekend.
(5.) I am in between books right now – I’ll be going to the library this weekend. I just completed the Hunger Games trilogy and wow, I found it incredibly dark – it’s almost hard to believe the trilogy is designed for younger readers (althoug the language isn’t terribly complicated). I am in the mood for a thick family saga, I think – something as opposite from the Hunger Games as you can get. Suggestions welcome!
(6.) I am LOVING the two new fairy-tale inspired television shows “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm.” I really dig the dark side of fairy tales…when I was little my parents gave me a huge book that had the original tales of Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, etc – in Cinderella the wicked stepsisters chopped off their toes to fit into the glass slipper, in the Little Mermaid she died in the end…I read these before I was exposed to the Disney versions and I relished them. I actually think the television shows capture the original spirit of fairy tales better than Disney ever could.
(7.) I am this close to buttoning all of my pre-baby winter slacks so I keep postponing purchasing new pants but winter is almost here and I am not sure at what point to give up, give in and go shopping. I’m four pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and all of my clothes except my winter slacks fit, and those are so close…but I suppose it’s possible that even if I lose the last four pounds this month, my pants still might not fit precisely the way they did before, so I’m feeling a bit conflicted on what to do. I find it strange so many of my skirts, jeans, cords, etc. fit but winter slacks don’t!
That’s about it from my little corner of the world today – I hope everyone reading is happy and healthy and about to enjoy their weekend.