My husband was out of town for a week and I’ve been surviving solo parenthood by the seat of my pants. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
–I’m in a list-making mood, firing out lists like crazy. Lists of old movies I want to see. Lists of pastas I want to make. Lists of places to take Isobel on our adventures. I’ve always been a list-maker, but something is causing me to crank out lists in overdrive. I’ve been noticing my Life List is outmoded, so I’m coming for that next.
–We have a baby butternut squash growing in our garden! This is very exciting for me because I had given up on the butternuts. The squash plant languished and squeaked out a few leaves before stagnating in the stifling heat, while our pumpkins, for their part, became Mama’s favorite and took over their entire corner plus the lawn. We already have two huge pumpkins plus several smaller ones. This year we are going to have an actual harvest from the garden. This makes me feel all sorts of accomplished.
–Fall always reminds me to clean out my closet. I really need to buy new clothes and update my wardrobe, but I always put it off. We have a really limited budget and I always have limited time, so buying clothes just seems like a pain in the ass. I’m taking the advice from a book I read once and and am trying on everything I own before I go shopping. This is supposed to open your eyes to what you really need as well as point out things that no longer work for you. Have you ever done this? I don’t even have a lot of clothes compared to most people I know and I’m guessing this is going to some time. I’m doing it bit by bit and already it’s pretty revealing.
–Now that we are living on just one paycheck I’m trying to make our money stretch as far as possible. I’ve been tracking my spending and my coupon-savvy buddy Angela is teaching me some of her frugal ways. I also recently stumbled upon a sassy coupon envelope I had made that I forgot about, and I’m taking that as a sign.
–I’ve been reading Killer Stuff and Tons of Money, which is pretty interesting, even though it won’t help me at all with my business. I went to a large community sale with a friend recently and thought about that book as I interacted with some of the vendors.
–In honor of my Grandma’s birthday my extended family got together for a few family dinners. I also threw a dinner party for my friend Jacob’s 30th birthday, so there was a lot of eating and celebrating this weekend.
–Isobel was crying when I put her down for a nap a few days ago. Normally she handles nap time like a champ, but that day was difficult for some reason. We’ve been working on emotions and pointing out when someone feels a certain way and we correspond that with what their face looks like. She has also developed an obsession with Go, Diego, Go, a show which encourages observation. While she was crying in her toddler bed I could hear her talking to herself. “Is Isobel happy?” (sob sob) “No! (sob) Isobel is not happy!” (sob) “Isobel is sad!” (SOB SOB SOB).