We had company last night (my FIL, his fiancee, and a family friend of his) over last night, so I spent the day at home cleaning up - it seems like with one toddler and one preschooler, it's just constant, even when I feel like I'm doing it all the time. Augh. Anyway, it was very, very nice to have people over, and as I was looking at the two Costco diaper boxes full of random crap in our dining room, I sang the song from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
(a fan favorite at our house) - "A friend just wants to play with you!" My house doesn't have to be perfect for people to want to be there, or for me to show hospitality. Ah, the wisdom of children's programming.
I may not have mopped the kitchen floor (which, ugh, two small kids and no dog, it's so gross), but I made a wicked awesome bundt cake for dessert. I used this berry lime bundt cake recipe
because I had a ton of blueberries that I needed to use up. I also drizzled the glaze from this recipe
on top, which really made it (and I'm not usually a glaze person). I had like three pieces last night and another piece for breakfast. I will probably have at least one more piece before bed, if not more. I almost hesitate to recommmend that you make it because it's so freaking awesome that you'll eat the whole darn thing. Amazing. The berries and the glaze are sweet, and the lime is perfectly limey, and the glaze gives it a little crunch, as does the crust on the bottom of the bundt, but it's still so moist - it's just fantastic. A++, will make again.
Anyway! Hoping to update more now that I have a little more freedom. See y'all soon! :D
I am constantly humbled by the kindness of the people in my life. For example: I am so, so, so unforgivably behind on this project for a publication for an organization I volunteer with. I am supposed to write three articles and "shepherd" two more, and I just haven't done it. The first was due on the 1st (I turned it in, uh, day before yesterday), the second two, due on the 15th (lol). I am writing them tonight after being e-mailed by my editor (who I love) saying she's officially stalking me and where are my articles?? If I were her, I would be so pissed. Like, spun off into dimensions of pissed off that I cannot even conceive of right now. I am literally holding up the entire publication right now. But I posted on FB that I was staying up to work on a project (and that I'd drunk a bunch of instant espresso to do it b/c I am hella classy), and she just commented "I support this! ;-) xoxoxoxo" I was expecting her to be so angry, and she's just like "oh well, you blew this one. we're still bros! let's have lunch next month after this damn thing's published, okay?" Which, wow. I just love people. That is all! Back to the salt mines (such as they are).
(also, hi everyone! i love you! i am reading along even when i'm not commenting, i promise! life has been totally nutbar crazyland lately, and will be until probably mid-april, but i'm here! kisses!)
Look, a post! I feel like I always say "I won't be gone so long next time!" and then I always am, so. Here's what going on in OMGLawWorld:
* Husband continues to work on expanding his new business. Financial strain, yes, but also very freeing. The last job was really pretty toxic, even though the pay was good, so I'm more than happy to sacrifice a little financial security to get a little sanity back.
* OMGLawBabies are precious, darling, wonderful creatures and I love them inordinately. JB is getting smarter and funnier and cleverer every single day - it just just too much fun to interact with him now. He'll be three at the end of the month (I cannot even believe that), so of course he is also obstreperous and willful, but I figure that is why God made them so damn cute at this age. So you don't sell them. GB is the best baby that ever babied. I mean, JB was an easy baby, but GB makes him look like a jerk!baby. Seriously. She is the smiliest, giggliest, happiest baby ever - so long as you keep her fed and napped. She's kind of like me that way - bit of a Hunger-Hulk. Don't make us hungry. You won't like us when we're hungry. They are the absolute lights of my life. With JB, I couldn't wait for him to get bigger and start crawling/walking/talking/whatever (maybe because we had a rough start?), but with GB, I find myself squeezing her a little tighter, not exactly wanting her to stay a baby forever, but wanting to remember her being a baby forever. Probably because I know she's almost certainly my last one. (This is both a bit sad and a bit of a relief to me, depending on what day it is.)
* Christmas was pretty wild, what with the two little ones and traveling to and from my parents' place, but really good overall. JB is old enough to "get" Christmas now, which is super duper fun. He got a tricycle, which he can either steer or pedal, but not both at the same time. Ah well, he'll get there. :D It was very much a You Tried Gold Star Christmas around here, but if Kid #2 has taught me anything, it's that sometimes You Tried is good enough. (Seriously, you should have seen the outside lights - we just kind of threw them over one of our overgrown shrubs and were like "okay great that's fine" - they were like the embodiment of You Tried. It was hilarious. But our Christmas tree was frickin' gorgeous.)
* The "new" (now year-old) job continues to be awesome, though it is kicking my ass lately - I've had massive turnover in one position that is currently vacant, so in addition to doing my job, which is super nuts this time of year in its own right, in addition to having the hiring process laid over it now, I'm doing the job of the vacant position as well. I'm not doing it very well, but I'm doing it. Thank God for my awesome employees, but geez louise, I have GOT to get someone in this job. I spent an hour reviewing our FORTY-PLUS resumes this morning, and just...ugh. I shouldn't complain about having so many qualified applicants, I know I shouldn't, but we're going to be interviewing for like two dang weeks.
* Not watching a lot of TV around here - we've all been too busy. Husband had a surprise!trial this week, so he's up to his eyeballs in those alligators, and I've been working most nights (ugh) or cleaning the house up from Christmas (tree FINALLY went to the curb this weekend). I have lots of awesome books on my Kindle to read, and one of my goals for this year is to read more books - I don't think I read but maybe three books this past year all the way through (yikes!). BTW, y'all should all read Bossypants by Tina Fey and Is Everyone Having Fun Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I laughed so hard I cried reading both of them. Bossypants is probably the better book across the board - dang, Tina Fey is just so talented - but the Mindy Kaling book had me rolling because I saw myself in it so much, and I bet a lot of you will, too. Highly recommended. :D
How are you, my darlings?
Life has been that kind of low-grade busy/crazymaking lately that feels like you don't have that much going on, but there's always some task or another hanging over your head. Currently licking all of envelopes to send out our 120+ birth announcements...for my six-and-a-half-month old baby. (As Dora the Explorer would say, judgers, no judging.) Ah, well. Better late than never, I suppose. I did write all my baby thank you notes within about three months, which is a record for me. Next: unfucking my habitat. (For those unfamiliar: unfuckyourhabitat.tumblr.com.). We're hosting a bunch of family for Thanksgiving and also getting GB baptized that weekend, and I'm at a huge out-of-town-all-week conference the week before, so I'd like to get the place as reasonably ready for company as I can before that. :-). Plus, it's time. Husband and I need our house to be a peaceful oasis, not a cluttered, messy guilt-pit. So! Unfudging we will go. :-)
How are y'all?
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“So often we try to make other people feel better by minimizing their pain, by telling them that it will get better (which it will) or that there are worse things in the world (which there are). But that’s not what I actually needed. What I actually needed was for someone to tell me that it hurt because it mattered.
I have found this very useful to think about over the years, and I find that it is a lot easier and more bearable to be sad when you aren’t constantly berating yourself for being sad.”
— John Green
This is wonderful. My mom had some pretty serious surgery this summer, and while she was in surgery and we were all in the waiting room, my youngest sister was kind of melting down, and she kept apologizing for it, and I just told her that all feelings are valid. Fear is valid. Sadness is valid. Anger is valid. If you’re feeling it, it’s valid. This isn't how I always reacted - for a long time, my first impulse was to assure that all would be well, that all things work together for good, etc. And that's important to keep in mind, but not always at first. It's sheafrotherdon
and many, many others who have taught me that you've got to feel what you feel and that it's okay not to be okay.
(h/t to emslj
for the quote)
(for the record, I am as fine as anyone on this planet right now, this quote just really struck me. :) hugs all 'round!)
Still alive! GB is fantastic (4 weeks and 2 days! Big girl!), I am doing great. JB is being a lovely big brother (if a bit more sensitive and tantrum-prone; to be expected), and Husband us a hero, as always.
She has slept pretty well at night from the get-go, which is awesome, and I seem to have avoided most of the emotional sturm unt drang that came with JB's arrival, thank God. She is cute as a button and pretty darn easy overall.
I am doing a lot of lurking and pinteresting and tumbl-browsing, all of which are easy to do (a) in the middle of the night and (b) with one thumb on my phone. Speaking of, thumb is now tired from all this typing. Will try to post again soon when not wallowing in HGTV, Cooking Channel, or my Kindle. Muchos besos, bbs!
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