Well actually that’s a juxtaposition if ever I saw one. Is it possible to be happy that it’s Monday? I’m not sure. Plus, judging by my kids reactions to waking up this morning, I’m going to go with a no. Nothing like a flat out tantrum to start the week on a high.
I’m having one of those days. Where everything is going well but somehow I’m feeling a bit flat. I think it’s a bit of lack of sleep, goodness knows that I’m an awful person when I don’t sleep enough. But here I am, sitting in the car for 45 minutes while I wait for Riya to finish a ballet class that she didn’t want to go to, but loves when she is there. Literally from carrying her almost kicking and screaming into the car to peaking into the class and seeing her big grin, dance like she was born to do it and hear the giggle of hers that sounds like a bubbling brook. Seriously you can’t hear it and not smile or laugh with her. It’s so weird and confusing trying to figure her out sometimes.
Reading: I’m well on my way to keeping to my goal of reading more this year. Just finished Gone For Good by Harlan Coben. His writing style reminds me so much of my own. Which is weird because well, that’s just a self absorbed thing to think, but really it does. The only thing that’s been annoying me while reading this and subsequently the next one I’m reading now, is the over use of weird phrases – like quasi. Everything is quasi-something and far too many time potpourri is referenced to groupings that are not in fact potpourri.
Anyone else weird like that? Can’t stand to see the same word or phrase used too many times in one place? Sometimes I edit my writing so much that I take out whole paragraphs to avoid sounding like I can’t express myself properly. Or like me including in this paragraph that something else is weird would be far too much use of the word “weird” and it would just weird me out. Maybe it’s just me.
*cold shiver down my back as I leave all the weird in one place to prove my point*
Thinking: Isn’t it weird how our minds work? Sometimes in the car, when we’ve sat in silence for a while, I’ll ask Seth what he’s thinking. Sometimes he says nothing. Like really, not to just get out of having the rest of the conversation, but really, there is no thoughts going on in his head at that moment. Just in that time frame I have thought about everything from my father who passed a couple of years ago to the kids school to the meeting I had this morning to what we’re having for supper. I don’t think I can turn my mind off. I’d really like to be able to do that. It sounds relaxing.
Trying: To be more creative with my style – more specifically my hair. I know having the grey hair is probably creative enough, but I’m starting to think not. I have never been one to style my hair. Usually I wash and leave it, or sleep with it in a bun to have a few light curls in it the next day. This is mostly because it take a whole lot of time to do more, time that I often don’t have as I’m trying to do everything with one toddler wrapped around my leg and another one shouting at me to find everything they need for school. But then a friend tagged me in an instragram pic that reminded her of me and well, it looked easy enough to repeat without too much effort.
I loved the result and have been toying with the idea of doing little style posts like this more often. I know that I’m a parenting blogger and sometimes people get a bit weird if you start mixing your content, but would it be all bad to do a few Mommy style posts whenever I feel like it? Would you hate me if I did?
Enjoying: Taking my kids to school in the morning. Not for the obvious reasons of FREEDOM – haha, just joking. But because I get to see into their world. Meet their friends, see their artwork, talk about different parts of their day because I’ve seen what they’re doing. Getting them to chat about their day has been great – I love knowing what’s happening with them, what they’re struggling with, where I can subtly help them make the right decision or sometimes more forcefully guide them the right way.
Parenting is often fraught with trying moments, but this isn’t one of them.
Struggling with: We’re back to eating super healthy. And by we, I mean Seth. But obviously because we live in the same house, that means that we all change a bit, because cooking once is bad enough but cooking two different meals is basically akin to torture. I’ve been saying this for years now, but I need a recipe book that gives me a lot of healthy recipes in one place. Not banting approved or anything, just without the wheat. Any recommendations? Also needs to be quick meals that I can pop in the oven or whatever, something that doesn’t require me to stand and prepare it for hours. I need to facilitate homework now, so ain’t nobody got time for that anymore. Not that I ever really wanted to do that anyway.
My mom made us all Sunday lunch the other day and it was amazing – took me straight back to childhood! A lekker roast meat with roast potatoes is just the best thing ever.