May I impose upon your time and squeeze from you a moment of sympathy? Because my pap test, which I left 6 months overdue because of phone phobia -slash- scheduling hopelessness, and then had a HORRIBLE conversation with a receptionist that led to me making the appointment with a doctor other than the one I wanted, as if I didn't PLENTY dread the appointment already---THAT same appointment led to a test that had "insufficient cells for analysis" and I have to have A DO-OVER PAP TEST. I am not even kidding. And, as the doctor I didn't want (who turned out to be okay, but THAT IS NOT EVEN THE POINT) said, I "do not seem like a woman who has five children." That is, THIS IS A VERY UNCOMFORTABLE TEST FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD ONLY C-SECTIONS.
Thank you. I appreciate your sympathy/pity. Thank you. Yes. Keep it coming. Thank you so much.
Speaking of that general area of the body, I have had Baby Sadness today, a particularly bad spike of it. I told Paul that it seemed pretty dim that just when I would feel like I couldn't manage/appreciate the five I had, and just as I wished we could flash-forward five years and be done with some of this crap, that I would be plagued by Baby Cravings. And Paul said no, it made sense to him: that when our current children were being all smelly and unpleasant and disobedient, it seemed appropriate I would crave a nice fresh newborn. (His eyes were kind of damp too, I'll note. He's not as crazy about the newborn stage as I am, but he is very fond of the Post-Newborn Baby stage.)
I'm so grateful that some of you are expecting babies. It helps so much. I know that some people, when experiencing Baby Sadness, resent pregnant people----but I, probably because I have FIVE CHILDREN OMG THAT IS TOO MANY CHILDREN FOR RESENTMENT IN ANY FORM, feel comforted: it gives me a feeling of "There will still be new babies and new-baby happiness and new-baby excitement, even if they are not MY babies."
Speaking of whatever we were speaking of and how it applies to this next topic, I don't know which of you recommended the book Geek Love, but whoever it was did a really short review along the lines of "I can't even describe this book but it blew my mind and you should read it." That is how I feel about it as well. I can't even describe it---or at least, not without totally misleading you. It blew my mind.
I finished reading it the day before yesterday, so I'm far enough away from it to safely say I really, really liked it. And yet---it is the sort of book I would be reluctant to recommend. It reminded me of when Paul and I watched the movie Up with my parents, and all four of us were first all weepy (okay, TWO of us were weepy), and then we were all WTF?? and then we were laughing, and then back to WTF?? and so on. We had NO IDEA where that movie was going. Same with Geek Love: it had computer-geek font on the cover and computer-geek orangey-yellow on the cover, but IT IS NOT ABOUT THE COMPUTER KIND OF GEEK. And I don't even know if I recommend it to you or not. I leave it as the reviewer I read left it, which was basically, "I can't even describe this book, just read it." [Edited to add: Okay, this is interesting. We have documentation (comments section) that this post from Hilarity in Shoes is what caused me to add the book to my library list. And yet, that's not the review I'm thinking of.]
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...