–I’m at the point in summer where I want to sob if I see photos of the river. I miss going to the cabin with my family so much I ache, deep in my chest. According to TimeHop, I had the exact same reaction at this time last year. My body instinctively knows it’s supposed to be there come August.
–I have started to work out again, thanks to my injections! And I actually… sort of enjoy it? Weird. It’s amazing how much better it feels to use the elliptical when you don’t feel like trashgarbage and aren’t in all kinds of pain. I’m sort of understanding how people get addicted to it. I’m also periodically stretching out my body and doing some light yoga poses throughout the day as a way to both strengthen my body and help control pain. Elias, however, sees it as a challenge to jump and climb all over me when I’m trying to get my stretches done. As annoying as it is it brings back sweet memories of Isobel doing the exact same thing to my sister when she lived with us.
–Last weekend Grandma took the kids swimming and Anthony and I indulged in a rare cuddle nap. It was the most luxurious feeling in the world.
–If you have any sort of physical disability, I cannot recommend Amazon Prime enough! We are late to the Prime party, I know, but man, it’s been a life saver. I might not be able to stand long enough to make it to the store, but I can sure as hell push a button.
–I took Isobel by the dollar store to check out school supplies, and while bending over to dig though puzzles, my underwear must have peeked out over my pants because Isobel said, horrified: MOM PULL UP YOUR PANTS NO ONE WANTS TO SEE A GROWN WOMAN’S UNDERWEAR!
–Another benefit to having a cane: it doubles as a very effective bug squisher.
–Someone tried to steal Anthony’s car one night last week, but they couldn’t drive a stick shift. They panicked and left it further down the driveway.
–Now that I’m starting to recover some health and energy, I’d like to get back to posting on the blog more regularly, back to once a day, if possible. The biggest hurdle I face is confidence. I need to convince myself I can do it again. Confidence can be a fickle, fragile thing.
–Things My Two Year Old Will Not Tolerate: 1. Mom in a sweater 2. Wearing Not The Shark Shirt 3. Mom having hair 4. Songs in his cartoons. (I’m not sure I’ll ever understand why he gets so upset when I wear a sweater.) Elias was having a bad day already when we watched some ponies break into song on the cartoon and it just sent him over the edge. He started screaming NOOOOOOOOOO and looked at me as if do say DO SOMETHING. I don’t know to tell you, kid, but I can’t change ponies’ behavior. I am not Pony Jesus. Isobel never really through tantrums, but this guy is a traditionalist and last week he threw himself down on the pavement and kicked his legs and thrashed about and then, making sure I was watching what was happening, full-on licked the pavement. That, my friends, was a tantrum.
–My daughter swears sometimes, and you know what? As long as she isn’t using racial or sexual slurs, or is swearing at people, it’s not a huge concern. I certainly let her know that language like that isn’t appropriate, particularly at school or relatives’ houses, but it’s not something I get upset about. However, if I found out my kids were using slurs they’d be in for a world of re-education about the oppression of minorities and dehumanization effect of that kind of language. They would not just get lectures. They’d have to read books and articles and watch talks and movies and write reports. Hopefully I’ll cover these topics fully before it starts, but if it ever happens I will release the motherfucking floodgates. I wouldn’t punish. I’d educate. I’d educate until they felt so bad they’d punish themselves.
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This kid got my life together in less than a minute. This tweet is for closers.
Hey, found your tweets. I laughed at this for like an hour.
This has to be the place
@realDonaldTrump grows his hair.
It may not be easy to tell your cat you’re pregnant, but here’s how. I don’t see why it’s so hard, I mean, I just brought it up as a line item in my weekly all-cat family meeting.
A list of things Donald Trump believes are “garbage,” according to his Tweets. I feel like this is very conservative list.
Pikachu chews you. This bootleg is a legit seal with some ears on.
A friendly reminder from your friends at the New York Botanical Garden. Corpse Flower Crime Watch!
Life List Update 2014. I have several updates I need to make to this year’s.