Friday, February 29, 2008

Random-ness and a mosaic

"What do you want? I said and she said, in the abstract or the concrete? and I decided to rephrase the question. I'm going to the store, I said. Need anything? and she frowned and said, Obviously, you meant concrete."
-Brian Andreases

Monday, February 18, 2008

Staying close to the shore

I am back from Seattle and back to the daily grind. We came home on Saturday night so we (mostly I) had all day yesterday to unpack, do laundry, hang out with the kids, etc. It was really nice to have that little buffer day.
It was a really, really nice trip. The weather was fantastic! Sunny in Seattle in February! Woo! Just for me!
We stayed in a cute old hotel in Lower Queen Anne. It was super cheap and in a perfect little neighborhood! There were several restaurants on our block. A record store, a post office, a fantastic grocery store, a used book store and the Seattle Center! Not to mention that it was central to everything else in Seattle. The waterfront, downtown, the market, Fremont, Lake Union. I could go on.
I could have stayed there forever. "Mom, fly the kids over, we're staying!"
I was feeling a little sorry for myself that I could never move out of Boise to a bigger city because Jimmy would never go for it but then I had a reality check when we were walking around Lake Union. He was all excited for all the boats and mentioned some nut job idea of living on a boat. After shooting him down so quickly that he actually sizzled, I realized that we give and take. I give up living in a city because I know he would go crazy and he gives up living on a boat because I would go crazy.
Ya win some ya lose some. I guess I will settle for the occassional visit and he will settle for staying close to the shore.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Time flies

I used to be an ok blogger and now I am definitely a bad, bad blogger!
Not having internet at home makes it really hard to update with any sort of frequency.
So I guess I will do a quick update. BULLET STYLE! My favorite!

*Just had parent/teacher conferences last week at TCS. (The kids were sick the week before so we had far too many "home days".)
Of course my children are total geniuses. Bwhahaha.
Jamie will move to the 3-4's class next year. It's 4 days a week and it pulls from two different classes. One is the toddler class that I teach so the kids are a little younger than Jamie. It will be nice for her to be one of the big kids at school since she is so firmly the little kid at home.
Olivia will stay in 3-4-5's. It's designed as a two year program so she'll be doing her second year.
They are both doing well and really love going to school.

*This job at the shop is proving to be a little more than I can chew. Sheesh. I am just barely getting by. Filing is piling up and I'm in a hurry so often that sometimes I screw stuff up. Nothing serious so far but...
Something's gotta give! The next school year is looming and I just received a letter from BSU reminding me that I planned on enrolling for the Fall semester. I'm pretty sure that keeping up the 3 jobs (4 if you count being a full time mom. And I do) and going to school will be grounds for a little break down. Hmmm. What happened to the vision??
I do have to give Jimmy credit for holding up his 50% of the DNA contribution better than I expected. But there are just some things that have been embedded in our relationship that are hard to change.
For example: This morning I had an entire day of work planned plus packing for our trip and getting my driver's license. At about 8:00 Olivia said, "Mom, I'm gonna puke." Just as my hand shot underneath her mouth to catch it before it landed on the couch. YUM!
So, who stays home? No question there! I do. The person who has two jobs to go to (out of my house and making money type of job), a trip to the DMV, 6 loads of laundry and packing everything for a weekend trip (Yes, I packed his clothes too). So, I call in "sick" to one job, I ask grandma to pick up the healthy kid from school so the other grandma can watch the puker while I run to the DMV, I run home twice between the post office and DMV to switch loads of laundry, I arange a hotel, a ride from the airport, dog babysitting, luggage borrowing and a harbor cruise. Then, after I cooked dinner... I went to work! And here I am! It's 1 am and I took a break from work to blog so that I could bitch.

So my point being responsible for "all things kid and home" is a part of our relationship that even I find hard to break away from. It's just a given that I will take care of all those things and even if I'm not directly taking care of the kids or cooking dinner I have done all the "staging" for those things to happen. I've bought the groceries, planned the meal, prepped as many things as I could and instructed on what needs done. I've set out clothes, made sure hair is washed, arranged alternate pick up and drop off...bla bla bla bla bla.

So the moral of this story is: If you have this much time to bitch about how busy you are then you really aren't that busy!!!
Hahaha. Ok, I'm done. It's really not as bad as it sounds. I think I just need to try and break out of the assumption that it's all my responsibility and speak up for what I need. I think I'll try that.

*I am going to Seattle for the weekend. Yes, I know it's rainy. No, I do not care. Yes, it is off season and super cheap.