This has been a morning spent hovering on the teary side of rage.
Cat barf. Blow-out diapers. Mildew in the wipes container.
Elizabeth's new, bigger-size pants falling down around her ankles.
Hating the thought of exercise. Trying to renew enthusiasm by trying something new: jump-rope! Jump rope hits coffee table; move coffee table. Coffee-table hits end table; move end table, then move coffee table; see crud under end table but stay on task. Jump rope now hits ceiling. SCREW THIS. Decide not to exercise. Decide "some is better than none," and start jogging around the house. Bugs swooping. Shorts riding up. Guys working across the street. SCREW THIS. Take shower. Feel like failure: "Ooo, TWO WHOLE LAPS around the WHOLE HOUSE! Why not train for IRON MAN next?" Feel discouraged that after 2 months of exercise, attitude continues to go downhill.
Called hotels for mother-in-law. First place said, "For THIS October?" Children got too loud for phone.
Bathroom vanity drawer broken.
Flies and maggots near trash bag on the porch. Oh my god.
Dryer buzzer goes off. Laundry is all finicky stuff like socks that need to be matched. Use unmatched sock to dab at tears. Force self to knock it off: it is only 9:00 in the morning, Self.
New pretty dishes arrived. They're clearly stamped "Made in Columbia." They were advertised as "Made in England." I'm exchanging them--and I'm already anticipating a second set arriving, ALSO stamped "Made in Columbia."
I made fudge and didn't stir it long enough, so it crystallized wrong. IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD.
Here's how I'm self-medicating:
Sample-size of expensive, perfumed face moisturizer.
The grainy fudge.
Complaining to you.
Also, I feel heartened at the thought of Black Sheeped's new site, which is going to be a "Steal holiday ideas from each other!" site. Cheap and/or easy Halloween costumes! Teacher gifts! Handmade cards! Gifts children can make that don't suck for the recipient! My mind is buzzing with ideas to submit--but also with the desire to STEAL STEAL STEAL. So I hope you will start sending Kara ideas right this minute. More information on the new site, and also an email address to send ideas, is in the second half of the post I linked to earlier in this paragraph. Hup hup with the Halloween ideas. NOW NOW NOW GO GO GO. *wipes motivational brow*
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...