–We started swimming lessons, finally. I had my MIL sign us up late in the year to give myself plenty of time to recover and for the injections to work their magic. They are scheduled late in the day so that I can do the Mommy & Me class with Elias while Isi is in her big girl class. Elias is the most reluctant baby in the class, despite regularly taking him to the pool every summer.But I’m not worried. Isobel was the same way, if not worse, and now I watch her from across the pool, doing safety bobs underwater and doggy paddling in the shallows. A side benefit of his anxiety is he hugs me tight and cuddles me close, something I’ve missed since I can’t wear him in the baby carrier anymore. And since we are in the pool, he is nearly weightless, and my body isn’t screaming at me for holding him for a solid thirty minutes. My feet still hurt a bit. Each time my feet brush against the cement bottom, electric jolts of pain surging up my legs. It’s not unbearable, but it’s noticeable.
–My Humira nurse gave me a practice pen to use to help me get more comfortable using the injector, and it worked. I used it a couple times a day and four or five times before my actual injection, and my last injection was flawless. I am the Beyonce of stabbing myself in the stomach! It hurt a lot more than usual because I was pressing so hard, but I was desperate to avoid a misfire. The practice pen helped so much.
–I know my cousin Liz really loves me because when I wasn’t well enough to go with her to an estate sale in Modesto she went and loaded up on goodies in my stead, including snagging two pairs of size 6 narrow shoes, which, believe me, aren’t easy to find. In addition to the shoes, I am now several cashmere-blend cardigans richer, plus I love a gorgeous new chrysanthemum apron. She did so well I’m thinking of hiring her to be my personal thrift store shopper.
–Do you want a practical, inspiring, helpful read on the subject of organizing that’s not Kon Mari? Try New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else), by Fay Wolf. Her book is amazing. It’s about habits, not perfection, and making your life easier for living the way you want to. Unlike many other books, this book includes tips and methods for organizing your electronic online life, too.
–Remember how Isobel spelled out the word H-E-L-L when I told her she couldn’t say it? I found this in her desk this morning.
–I stupidly allowed myself to get dehydrated and very sick a few days ago. This week is been so brutally hot it hurts to wear clothes. It was a good day, and I had a lot to do, including grocery shopping and errands around town. I made sure the kids had plenty of water and took their water bottles with them where we went. Then we had swimming lessons in hot summer sun. The kids were fine, but I made the classic mom mistake of taking care of others while neglecting myself. I am at risk for dehydration in the best of times, and I paid for that mistake.
Snapshot 07.22.16. The Good, the Bad, the Weird.
Snapshot 07.13.16. Come in your awesome costume, come in your lazy costume, come in a costume you cobbled together that makes no sense.
Using manhole covers to print pattern on clothes. I really love this.
That photo illustration. Goddamn it, Florida
7 Things We Learned About Bryan Fuller’s STAR TREK: DISCOVERY at Comic-Con. We haven’t been able to see it yet (kids + illness make it very hard to see movies) but I am so excited for it! Via zoofster
All In Your Head: The Dangers of Disbelieving Female Pain. I am a woman, hysterically. Hysterical woman, that is me.
His & Her Terrariums. Making terrariums is so fun. Giving them away is even better.
Snow Day, Part 1. Part 2 is coming!