On Starting the Day:
Some people like coffee, some tea, I'm a Diet Coke girl myself. This morning I opened the fridge and remembered I was out. Say it isn't so! I dug around, and way in the back, came across a Diet Cherry Coke. Score.
On Potty Training:
The Toddler has, for the most part, decided to wear underwear. Or nothing at all. It is not unusual to see a bare little butt running around. As long as she uses the toilet, this isn't a problem. I do, however, request that she wears both a pull-up and pants when we leave the house. Occasionally, that means she wears underwear underneath the pull-up, but that's the least of my worries. I do need to get more oxyclean for the carpet. Borax works nicely too...
On GSD (Getting Shit Done):
Yesterday I was on a tear. Final tally - 7 loads of laundry. Seven. All the clothes, all the sheets, all the comforters. One of the nice things about our front loader is I can fit our king size down comforter in. The whole upstairs smells lovely. I also managed to get most of my summer stuff put away and my winter stuff out. I saved out two pair of shorts, a pair of capris, and a couple shirts for our trip to Orlando in two weeks. Two weeks from today we're hauling the family on vacation. I'd better start packing.
On Depression - Moxie - you said it:
"If we had more cultural support for mothering and parenting in general--and I don't mean people stopping us to tell us how cute our kids are and then giving us some guilt trip about either working or not working and what and how we're feeding our kids--we wouldn't be stretched to the breaking point physically or emotionally. If we lived in less isolation from each other we'd have people to share the burden with on a daily basis. If we hadn't screwed up our food chain so much we'd be eating foods that were naturally higher in the nutrients our bodies need to be able to keep us on a more even keel emotionally. If we were able to trust our parents more, and therefore learned to trust ourselves more, we wouldn't be so twisted up about every minor decision we make about our kids and we wouldn't judge other parents so harshly.
Mothering in this time and place can be a really screwed-up proposition. It's amazing most of us come out of it as whole as we do."*
It's snowing. Kids are freaking out. I am too. I hope their snowpants still fit. I will say, I love winter - the snow, the cold, forts, sledding, hot chocolate, a roaring fire - I love it.
*I'm not putting this out there in a Tom "She Just Needs Vitamins" Cruise way, just as something to think about. We're so far from our natural roots - geographically close family and small, tight knit communities - help around every corner. Depression is something that we need to talk about.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
On Starting the Day: