Thursday, May 15, 2014
What's Going On
It's Spring and rainy and somewhere between dealing with all of the mud that is continuously tracked in on shoes or, in some cases, entire bodies and trying to nail down our summer plans before the entire thing is over in a flash (because that happens, almost every year), I've been finding little moments here and there just for me. It's been good, because I'm learning more and more about myself that I need a little mental peace in order to effectively handle the chaotic world I live in. Thankfully, for me, I can find that peace right smack dab in the middle of where I happen to be, with a few of the things that bring me the very most satisfaction.
Lately, I've been -
Knitting - a ton of shorties. Mostly for friends, but have a pair for Rosie on the needles right now. I'm trying out the bloomer look this time, just the right shade of pink to pair with her Mama-made dress, packed and ready because I'm
Traveling - this weekend, to Connecticut to see my sister. It has been way too long. I used to go yearly, usually in the fall, to visit my older sister and her family. Just a weekend reprieve to sip coffee and watch 90's movies (Empire Records and Hackers? Yes please) and talk the way only sisters do. It's been 3 years since my last visit, so when she asked what I'd like for my 30th birthday present? I asked for a plane ticket. I'm so grateful for this gift from her and for my family who is making the necessary adjustments so that I can go. I'll be taking Rosemary, of course, but everyone else will be here with Daddy.
Baking - less than normal. This past week we have had a range of temperatures from rainy and cold to hot and humid. But today, today is my husband's birthday so I'm trying, for the first time, my hand at a cheesecake for him. Just basic, no frills, recipe from the back of the Philadelphia box cheese cake. Dressing it up with some strawberry rhubarb compote and calling it good. He wants sushi for supper and this is hardly a traditional follow up to that, but I think it will turn out all right.
Planning - on potty training Peter. He's my fifth, so you think I'd have this down by now, but each time I think about it, I cringe. I know he'll be fine but it's been easy to just keep putting it off for one reason or another. At nearly 3 years old, he's my oldest baby ever in diapers. I know I'll get to it, and soon...but for right now, I'm putting it off for one more day.
Reading - "The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes" by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee. I love her so, so much and was so happy J told me to just buy it already for my kindle. I usually fall asleep after reading just a few paragraphs, which is not reflection on the writing, just my exhaustion level. I'm ok with that, though, because I kind of want to savor this book.
Learning - Yoga. Just on my own for now, wanting to just try it out before begging the budget to maybe let me take just one class a week? I started out with the 30 day Yoga challenge by Erin Motz on Youtube (free!) and really loved it, and her. It's free, which is just about my price range at this time. I'm feeling more flexible and definitely stronger. Yoga isn't actually easy, which I think surprised me, but for now, when 15 minutes per day is about all I've got, it fits me just right.
Exploring - parks with my kids on the nice days. I'm making a list of the places nearby with just a little bit of water to play in, since that seems to be what holds the interest of all of my children at once. Just a little, not enough for life vests or panic attacks if you lose sight of one for a moment or two, but a little bit to build dams and float sticks and get good and filthy before tracking it all back into the van. I'm loving every minute of it.
What are you up to?
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