Friday, September 28, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
- I'm 31 years old and I can kick, stretch, and kick (this is an SNL reference - Hunter does a great impression of it - one of these days I will u-tube and post it).
- I am a Mum.
- I am a wife.
- I am a daughter.
- I am/was a sister. I'm not sure what is correct here but I had a brother and he is deceased.
- I am an aunt.
- I'm working on my MPA. I feel less compelled to complete it as I am more and more at peace with where I am in my career. At the same time, I want to finish it because I've started it. Look for me to retire and complete my MPA around the same time.
- I love my blog more when I post regularly. It's kind of like going to the gym - the more you do it, the more you enjoy it and when you've been away for a while, well you know. I also find it easier to rationalize not posting when the blogs I read aren't posting regularly either (hint hint).
- I have blue eyes.
- I wear dark-rimmed glasses that make it hard to see what colour my eyes are. I don't know why.
- I'm too chicken to wear contacts.
- I'm intrigued by lazer surgery but am too chicken to consider it right now either.
- I have a slight phobia of mascots (like I usually cross the street to avoid them if I see them). I think my kids may be the cure.
- I like saying my kids.
- I had a palm reading when I was younger and the only thing that sticks with me is that I was going to have three children (I always wanted two). I always thought I would have one child then twins. I used to joke that that would be a nightmare. I feel guilty about that because Julia had a twin that "vanished" at about six weeks. This is common and something we wouldn't have known about except for the technology (see I am justified in being a neo-luddite) of an early ultrasound.
- I often think about what life would have been like had we had two babies.
- I am so grateful for Julia and Hunter.
- I took an aromatherapy course when I was 19. I think I've forgotten nearly everything I knew.
- I worked at two health food stores before I went to University - I still remember enough about herbs and vitamins that I'm not surprised when a study comes out recommending that people start taking certain vitamins.
- I am currently avoiding the Postie (mail carrier). This stems from a recent incident where Hunter was knocking at the door because he had to go to the bathroom and couldn't get in. I was only partially dressed (pants and a sports bra) but weighed my chances of being seen against the likelihood Hunter would have an accident if I didn't get there pronto. The postie was putting the mail in the box at the exact moment that I opened the door (I think we are both scarred).
- I drive a Honda Civic.
- When I was 17 I told myself I would never be a passenger in my car more than a driver, but I find now that I'd just as soon be a passenger most of the time (except on the highway).
- Some day I think I would like to get a pilot's license.
- I like point form better than sentences because it's easier.
- I always mix up when I should use effect and affect.
- I looked up the spelling of indubitably the other day because I am never able to get it right.
- I no longer have tonsils, an appendix, and one of my fallopian tubes.
- No matter how old I get, I still don't like country music. I can take almost anything else.
- When I was little I wanted to be a lawyer, a writer, or a psychiatrist. I think I get to do a bit of all of these things in my job (and at home).
- I'm a policy analyst.
- Hunter did a career craft at pre-school the other day; he said he wanted to be a policeman. When he came home, he decided he wanted to be an astronaut. I love that he is dreaming about his future careers (and that he'll change his mind as much as I did).
- I am terrible at returning calls and emails. It doesn't mean I'm not thinking about or missing people; it's just a personality flaw. I have a few friends that are the same way and I often think it's miraculous that we manage to keep in touch at all.
- I never forward those chain emails but I do occassionally send them back to the person that sent them to me the number of times you're supposed to forward it. You know, in case they're supersticious. That way I can imagine them trying to come up with more people to send it to.
- My Mum told me that Dave Barry was right when he said people (strangers) stop seeing you when you are over 50. It kind of makes me look forward to being over 50 even though I'm not entirely convinced it's true.
- My most memorable fight ever with Jason went something like this... J: "Why are you all steaming mad?" C: "Yeah, I'm the fucking rug doctor." I don't remember what it was about but it ended right then as we both started laughing.
- I always vote with my heart. I feel it's okay because Jason and I vote as a team and he gets the task of strategic voting.
- I don't think people always get my sense of humour.
- I'm thinking it would be fun to plan a birthday party for Jason and instead of playing poker (or some other typical adult fun) we'd play pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs, blind man's bluff, and have loot bags. Drinking would still be required (maybe even more so).
- The other day I came across a card that Jason and I had picked up for my brother in law a couple years ago. We had put it away and forgotten about it. It's still funny. We are thinking of seeing if we can find more so we can send him the exact same card for five years in a row to see if he notices.
- I am cynical but I sometimes think people that have faith are wiser.
- I like office and school supplies.
- I worked in a call centre and am still not entirely over my hatred of the phone.
- I love pedicures. It's been a really long time since I had one.
- I never feel like I am doing enough.
- I don't feel responsible for the good qualities in my children only the bad habits.
- I wish I was more organized.
- I am using bullets instead of numbers so that how short of 102 I am will be less apparent.
- I think about what I could be writing on my blog all the time but am not great at finding the time to actually write it down.
- I started this a few days ago and am publishing it even though it's short of 102 because blogger keeps entries in chronological order not posting order (note the date).
- I re-published my policy-parenting post because I decided it was how I felt at the time and my blog should represent that.
- I am happy. I am content. What people say about life in your 30s is true. It's much better than the 20s.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
The debate about your hair colour rages on this month. Are you blonde? Are you a redhead? Or are you just bald and we're going to have to wait to find out? I guess I'll have to grudgingly go with the latter, but it sure is fun to speculate.
A picture that really should have been included with this seven month update (had I thought to take one before now) is one of you and McPurr. McPurr has been driving us insane since Meowser died with his constant meowing (among other things) but the thing that has redeemed him, is your absolute adoration for him. When you nap outside your crib, he lays at your feet and purrs or naps. When you wake up and grab a giant hand full of his fur and pull with all your might he doesn't flinch. When you're hungry and Mummy is doing her best to ignore you for an additional five minutes, you screech and McPurr meows and you screech louder and McPurr meows louder, and that, that results in near instant gratification (I may need to invest in ear plugs when you really figure out just how well this is working for you).
If the above facts and characteristics were not enough to clearly identify you as my daughter, the fact that you immediately stop smiling and become awkward the minute a camera is anywhere close to your face would. Julia, you are so beautiful, stop fighting the pictures! And slow down, be patient, you've got lots of time to grow up and discover the world and so little time to have every need met by someone else. I'm sure you won't take my advice and that's another reason why I love you babe.
Friday, September 7, 2007
- I can no longer write coherently.
- Jason actually convinced me to join one of his Fantasy Football leagues (I usually lose Jason to football every year around this time, so I figured I would get involved even though, so far it has really been one of those sports I have just not been able to get into - not even CFL). I've found myself reading football magazines to prepare.
- I have completely fallen off the Yann reading wagon and am instead mostly reading mystery novels and football magazines (per above). Must at least pick up Catch 22 per older post.
- I have lost all interest in returning to work and rarely peruse the career page any more.
- I signed up for a class this fall and have been lamenting the fact that it is on Saturdays ever since. What was I thinking? A Saturday class will totally interfere with any mini-vacations I might have planned. My thinking has now shifted to how many classes can I reasonably miss?
- I find myself thinking adult conversation is overrated.
I think there is a bit of a maternity leave cycle of missing work and not missing work. I'm sure in a few months I'll be itching to get back to work, but right now, I am totally in love with being at home (despite the obvious adverse effects).