Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
There were balls, lots of balls, for Max to throw and carry around as he walked every square inch of the place. There were tunnels, ramps, building blocks, slides, and logs to push. Max touched everything in sight and climbed on everything he could get his arms and legs around. He squealed at the other kids, chased bubbles, and tried to pull a bow out of a girl's hair. Typical boy, I suppose.
I watched his reaction, more specifically, the range of emotions he displayed across his little face with each new thing he discovered. I saw his face light up when the teacher came around and sang to him. I watched his face scrunch up in confusion as an inner tube was placed in front of him. When he wandered across the room and turned to see I wasn't right behind him, I watched as his eyes widened in a panic until he spotted me. But he was okay and turned to continue what he was doing. I think I even saw a look of embarrassment on his face when he climbed on the back of a lady squatted down only to realize the lady he was grabbing was not his mommy.
Max has become a little person, no longer a baby that clings to me or needs me to hold him. My little boy is growing up. I think I need a tissue.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
- First, I have to say bravo to Maureen Dowd. Her op-ed piece in the New York Times this week was brilliant, and was a scathing reminder that maybe, just maybe, it's NOT cool to be ignorant, and maybe our politicians SHOULD be held to a higher intellectual standard than the average Joe. I like my President with a side of smarts, thank you very much.
- Which leads me to...President Obama has come out with his own PSA in support of the It Gets Better campaign to combat bullying. Watching it made me tear up a bit, I'll admit - he's candid and friendly, someone with whom I can see myself enjoying a conversation. But his support of the issue at hand is touching, and it's great to see such support coming from the leader of this country. Thank you, Mr. President.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
For those who haven't read it, it's about an animal, although I'm not sure what kind of animal he is, who wants to live in the zoo. When two kids ask him why, why should he be in the zoo, the animal comes up with reasons as to why he thinks it would be great. But then the kids introduce him to the circus, and suddenly, he realizes that he shouldn't be in the zoo, he should be in the circus. The circus is the place for him.
If you don't quite get how big this message is, I'll explain. We could be spending our entire lives chasing a dream we constructed based on the few experiences we've had. Maybe we are hitting ourselves over the head wondering why our dreams aren't coming true, when actually, we are just chasing the wrong dreams.
If we don't try new things or expose ourselves to new people, ideas, concepts, and other ways of thinking, we could be chasing a dream that might not be the right dream for us. If we open ourselves up to new experiences, maybe our dreams will change for the better, and maybe we will find a dream that does come true.
See what I mean! This book is huge! If all I ever know is x, then I'll never discover y, and y could be the greatest thing ever.
Ok, maybe I'm laying the inspiration on thick, but I'm very enthusiastic this afternoon. So - this weekend, in honor of PUT ME IN THE ZOO, I will put myself in a new experience and see where it takes me.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I mean, think about it. Like Marissa pointed out yesterday....man, what a miracle for all 33 of those miners to be out from underground down there in Chile! I kept expecting SOMETHING bad to happen, so it's nice to know that sometimes things do work out. (Unless, of course, you're the guy whose wife got to meet his mistress while they waited for his rescue. I hear the wife was not there when he finally came out. I anticipate a couple rough months ahead for that guy.)
But still...amazing, right?
And while my week hasn't been amazing like that of the miners and their families, a couple nice things have gone down.
First, I've been reminded in a big way that my husband is a great guy who is somehow, weirdly, creepily perfect for me. It's eerie, how well he knows me - the other night, I was washing dishes and asked him to put on some music. Peppy music, actually. And I gave him a challenge - pick one of the two records that I had in my head as the only music I wanted to listen to at that time. My only clue was that the album was on vinyl, which in most houses would narrow things down significantly, but not in mine!
Literally, within 30 seconds, I heard the opening chords of "Mansford Road" by Vampire Weekend, the first song on the EXACT ALBUM I wanted to hear (the only other acceptable one would have been Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, in case you wondered)! And this was an album we haven't listened to in months, I promise you. It was very creepy and weird and fantastic.
Then, the following day, I was having kind of a yucky morning at work, and Charles knew it. I was sitting at my desk, not wanting to ask to go out to lunch, but really wanting to go out to lunch, when an email popped up. Bam! It was a meeting request. From Charles. For lunch. Crazy, man...
And finally, back in my babysitting days, I frequently saw the moms for whom I worked talking to fellow-moms about who was coordinating what event for their kids, who would pick up what equipment or food, who would offer whom a ride. Since Zoe's birth, I've wondered how to get that network going for myself, always knowing how much easier it is being a busy mom when you have other busy moms to lean on when you need to. But short of stalking fellow-moms at the day care Zoe attended, I had no idea how to find my network.
Well, sometimes things just work themselves out. This year, Zoe is in a class with two little girls whose moms work at the same company as me. This weekend, all of us need to get the girls white t-shirts and a pumpkin for some classroom art projects, which is kind of a pain for any one person to do. So, since I live near Wal-Mart (ick, I know), I will grab some t-shirts for all three, and another mom is getting the pumpkins. The third mom is out of town and was stressing over finding the time to pick up the supplies. So it's all working out really nicely. And it's great to feel like I'm finally (I say finally like Zoe is already 16 or something...in reality, she's two, and I'm just impatient) getting that network started. It's nice to know if I need a favor, I have some mom-friends who totally get it and are happy to help.
Sometimes, life is just....nice.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Well, this morning when I woke up and poured myself a cup of coffee, I turned on the news. On my screen were the cheers, tears, and hugs as the tenth miner was lifted to safety in Chile. To those miners and their families, I'm sure nothing else in the world matters right now other than their safe return. They have endured so much these last two months and I can only imagine what it must feel like to be lifted to safety and see the sun (or moon) for the first time in two months when it must have crossed their minds they may never see it again. I'm sure they're not thinking about the house that needs to be cleaned, the bills on the counter, their jeans that are too tight, or the fact that they are feeling uninspired.
I decided right at that moment that today is going to be a good day. Every once in a while, you have to force yourself to reset and put things back in perspective. Today, I am feeling inspired.
Monday, October 11, 2010
- Family Guy made Charles snort three times this week and featured a slowed-down reprise of "Surfin' Bird," which is my all-time favorite Family Guy song. Fabulous.
- 30 Rock had some choice comments about Wilco and The New Yorker, so I think the writers pretty much took a shot at my husband. Much as I love both Wilco and The New Yorker (and my husband...), it made me laugh. Hard.
- The other night, when I was putting Zoe down for bed, I asked if she wanted her music on or off. Her response? "On, because I had a long day."
- This video of a woman using makeup to turn herself into Jared Leto is so stinkin' cool - you will love it!
- I made Zoe's cow costume for Halloween on Friday - she loved it!
- We're going to see Phish on Friday night! We're going to see David Sedaris and Grace Potter next week!
- The Giants are kicking ass all of a sudden, and I might almost possibly win my first fantasy football match of the season! Hooray!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Oh October, October, you will be a busy month but I am excited you are here. The weather is beautiful, the pumpkins are out, and life feels good right now.
The next three weekends are going to be a whirlwind of activities for us. We have something going on every day of every weekend, and a bunch of stuff in between. First up, we have the wedding of an old high school friend which I anticipate will be like the high school reunion I never attended. Next up, my husband is traveling to New York for his nephew's christening and I'll be traveling to see my parents for a long weekend. And following that trip, I will be heading to Myrtle Beach for the South Carolina Writer's Workshop conference.
And in between it all, we plan to find time to go to Boone Hall plantation for a hayride and a walk through the pumpkin patch, take the ferry over to Fort Fisher aquarium, attend a fall BBQ, and last but not least, find the perfect Halloween costumes.
Fall really is my favorite time of the year. And so, I am sharing my list of favorite fall things...
Crisp, cool air - which makes for good hair days
Fires outback in the fire pit - teaching Max to make s'mores
Pumpkins and gourds
Anticipation over the holiday season
And last but not least - snuggling under a blanket with the ones I love the most
Happy Fall everyone!