Here’s what I’ve been up to:
-I’d like to thank everybody for all the kind words and gestures after my small freakout the other day. I felt better almost immediately after talking through things with my husband and sharing it here. Some of it had to do with the fact that we are now officially living on one paycheck. We are used to cutting back, my whole life story is about cutting back, but it was like living with a cold hard stone in the pit of my stomach called Panic. I was also a bit lonely but that is totally fixable. Now that I’m not subjected to the both wonderful and horrible experience of having coworkers I need to be on top of my social needs. I’m excellent at taking care of Isobel, but sometimes I’m not so good at taking care of myself.
-I have been contacted by several people who told me that not only did they grow up with the Tiny Tots Tree House, but that they took their Weebles toys and played with them in the tree house. This just confirms to me that you all have more than 1970s toys in common: clearly, you all share a large amount of awesomeness.
-Yesterday I went to the local flea market with my friend Brandon and I was totally blown away by all the changes since the last time I went. When I was a little girl that market was full of everything imaginable, including a vibrant secondhand scene. Sometime after I graduated high school it became a place that sold mostly cheap new goods, various knockoffs, and produce. Something must have changed, however, because it was full of secondhand stuff, some of the roads had been repaved so it was very stroller-friendly, and better in pretty much every way. I didn’t have a lot of money with me but I bought these whales for Isobel using some change and we’ve had a great time with them. Fortunately for us, the specie name of each whale is listed in their tales, so when she calls them all “humpback whales!” we can correct her with confidence.
-Isobel and I listen to a lot of music during the day. Lately, if a song comes on that she doesn’t like she’ll say, “Mama, turn off that music! It’s too loud!” It’s like living with the most adorable old lady ever.
-Anthony came home from his week long training and we pretty much spent the weekend on the couch snuggling and playing Assassin’s Creed. Which was perfect. Though we did leave the house to go to a free festival with our favorite family and a barbecue with the in-laws a few towns over. It was laid back but a lot of fun.
-I am still making tons of lists. I’ve made so many lists lately that Isobel decided to be just like Mommy and make some lists of her own.
-I’ve started getting some Halloween decorations out (I have photos for you later), and I noticed that Isobel thinks that skulls are “pirates,” probably because a skull and crossbones is the fashionable pirate’s favored accessory. Anthony and I have been working with her to explain the difference between a skull and a pirate, and she caught on right away. This morning, when Anthony wasn’t around, however, she pointed to a skull and whispered to me conspiratorially, “Mama,” she said, “that’s not a skull. That’s a pirate.”