I've been playing Sims again, and MY GOODNESS I would like to re-recommend this game to anyone anticipating a baby, because it was one of the reasons I survived post-partum: it gets you in the mindset of improving overall mood by doing whatever is possible (e.g., even just PEEING helps considerably), and it reinforces the drops IN the bucket idea. I've found it useful even now, when I'm not post-partum but HAVE been in a bit of a MOOD. Playing Sims again has made me start thinking in terms of "little things that will make me feel overall better." If I'm starting to kick the cats (NOTE: I do not really kick the cats) or yell at the children (NOTE: Er...), I have a little snack and then I clean up one small thing and then I get a drink of water and then I spend a little time reading a magazine, and gradually the diamond over my head is greening up ( <--- game reference). On the other hand, when I'm playing it I sometimes think "Why am I doing chores and feeding children and struggling to keep up FOR FUN?"
Speaking of buckets (it was like mid-paragraph), I'm so glad to see the summer toys back in stock at Target, because we needed a new Barf Bucket and those are hard to find off-season. I got a nice colorful pail for I think two dollars, and this time I put it up high so no one would use it upside-down as a step stool -slash- launching platform, which is what happened to our previous Barf Bucket. These beach-toy pails also make good Easter baskets or egg-hunt buckets: they're several times sturdier than the plastic Easter pails sold one section over.
Yesterday my mom and I were out and I decided I needed a new shirt, so I tried on a dozen. I found one I liked, but it had a hole in it and there weren't any others. I found another I liked, but it was cotton weave and it was belted, and I don't know if I would wear a belted shirt after living through the 1980s. All the rest were depressing: why are SO MANY plus-sized shirts designed for OLDER LADIES? I am aware of the whole "gaining weight with age" idea, but surely we are all also aware of "being that weight to begin with"? So shouldn't there be a RANGE of shirts, some designed for old ladies and some designed for...I guess "young" wouldn't be quite the word anymore, but YOUNGER ladies? Being plumpish doesn't mean I want sequins and big distracting patterns and those drapey little sleeves and everything in rayon. And some of them were even "juniors plus" so they were INTENDED for young fashionable girls and yet they STILL looked like Golden Girls. What I wanted was the cute shirts I saw in the "misses" sizes, but LARGER.
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...