Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lets just pretend that never happened...

Jumping in with updates on my resolutions:

Marriage: Continues to go mostly well. However, that date night I was excited about in my last post---ended in a huge fight over little nonsense and the whole evening sucked. The whole fight centered around trying to impromptu plan where to go after our quick dinner. Our next date is coming up soon…this time  we have planned well in advance. We are still having weekly date nights at home. And spending plenty of time snuggled on the couch with wine and TV (we finished House of Cards…sad!)
Still no eye rolling. Doing better at expressing my feelings. We've watched two movies together so far this year: Argo and Cloud Atlas, both of which I loved.

Parenting: Constant work in progress. Yes, I still yell at my kids more than I'd like to. I also do read them lots of books, make up tons of silly songs and stories, and yesterday I took them to the park for an hour and a half after work. We've been doing swimming for 2 weeks, and soccer starts on Sunday. My goal for the spring is to do more after-school park trips, and other things that may deviate every so slightly from our routine.

Work: Another constant work in progress. I've slacked on my weekly planning and my long-term goal planning. The paper planner didn't really work out, its buried under mounds of papers and I'm mostly back to google calendar. I just downloaded a Safari plug-in called "WasteNoTime", basically leech block for Safari and its working pretty well at keeping me from a few major time wasters.

Other stuff:

  • I'm starting to up my distance with running. I did a gorgeous 5 mile run outdoors on Sunday---working my way up to 10 miles over the next 6 weeks.
  • I have FOUR books from the library on my Kindle that I need to finish. Our library lets you put e-books on hold but then when they become available you have to download them within 72 hours and finish them in 14 days, without an option to renew. I had all these books on my holds that suddenly became available. (Currently I've got: Someday, Someday Maybe; The Lowlands; The Husband's Secret, and Life After Life). I'm halfway through "Someday, someday Maybe" and its an easy read. 
  • Realized I'd gained about 8 lbs since last fall. Yikes. Working on eating less.
  • Very much looking forward to wearing spring clothes again, and shoes that aren't snow boots! And ditching the winter coat. Alas, not yet, its dropping into the teens later this week. 
  • Daylight Savings Time is kicking my ass this year. We've had 2 days of being late for work because no one is waking up on time. Also the kids are going to bed late and then waking up multiple times overnight because they are off their schedule. 
  • We went to Ikea this weekend and bought a bunch of stuff for the kids. Really, all of it was for the kids. We got them a little table & chairs for their "projects" so they don't take over the dining table with their water painting (current obsession), and B a twin bed because he and his 10 billion blankets, toys and animals he insists on keeping in there are spilling out of the toddler bed, and black out curtains for the guest room where L naps, and a clock so that we can teach time-telling (we didn't have one!), and more cloth napkins to use since they go through about 8 per day. Plus they got ice cream at the end of the trip. Oh! We did get some beer glasses for us. 
  • I lost L at Whole Foods the other day. We were eating in the eating area and he ran off and then B ran off. B ran OUTSIDE the cash registers to the exit, so I went that way. L snaked IN past the cash registers into the store but I hadn't seen where he went. A really nice women who saw this happen bolted after L and caught him all the way across the store and carried him back to us. L became a minor celebrity and all the other diners were playing with him and talking to him, which he obviously adored, so no lesson was really learned.
  • They both also ran away multiple times at IKEA, several times where I couldn't see them. This is why we order everything online and avoid going to stores. 
Back soon, promise!


  1. Sounds promising!

  2. It's very good to see your update and that progress is being made on all fronts (and, aren't we really works in progress until we die on most everything in our lives?).

    I lost my older son once for 8 Minutes (read about that here if you didn't see it originally --> and losing a child, even briefly, in this day and age, is panic inducing. Glad all is well.

  3. Oh, I hate the running away. This is why I don't really like going out much alone with all 3. The Philly Flower show about gave me a heart attack, and my husband was along!

  4. Why do they bolt?! WHYYYYY?! Today I was messing with my phone at an intersection (of a relatively quiet street, but stiffl) after a call with MV (he's out of town) and I realized suddenly that Osita wasn't right with me, and I looked down the three wrong roads first, so I was fairly panicked by the time I spotted her, a good 3/4 of a block away (how did she get that far that fast!) Anyway, it freaked me out and made me realize I need to be WAY more on top of her when we're out together. I mean, I don't THINK she'd bolt into the street, she seems to know to stop and wait for me when we walk together, but if something caught her eye... I don't trust she'd keep her head on her. Ugh. Just the thought terrifies me.

    (And the idea of losing them in IKEA! God, I can hardly keep myself from getting lost in that labyrinth!)

    I'm glad at least some of your goals are being met... sort of. They are hard goals to be sure, and it's really good that you are at least focusing on those areas of your life. I'm impressed with how you've stripped away all the bells and whistles and are just focusing on the foundation of your life. I need to do that more. Good luck with everything moving forward.