loving: all the new things EBN is doing. she is talking up a storm. the constant babble has been replaced by words – real words, that have meaning. she also continues to use words that only mean something in her head (i’ve asked other kids, they have no idea what she’s talking about) but most of the time, she makes total sense. she’s been saying “mama” for forever and a day but recently started calling me mommy. i sorta like it. i thought i wanted to be mama but i’ll take whatever she’s giving. delicious.
reading: i’m so behind on my summer reading – feeling like a failure for sure. this thing happens where i get into bed with plans to make a major headway and then, almost immediately, i fall asleep. one of these days, when EBN goes down for her nap, i’m going to pour myself a big glass of bubble water, take a beach chair into our backyard and spend a couple of hours lost in someone else’s words. it will happen. i might be 60, and EBN might be visiting with a kid of her own, but it will happen. in the meantime, i’m STILL reading THIS book. and i’m still really enjoying it – to the point of laughing out loud – just ask ABN. after this fun read, i’m ready for something a bit more serious for sure. but i gotta squeeze in vanity fair and like 5 issues of the new yorker before i start anything new – good thing ABN and i are getting away for a couple of days this weekend.
watching: the one thing that isn’t so great about summer is that most of my favorite shows go away. it’s like being without your camp friends during the school year – sure, life goes on but something major is totally missing. i’m left with a whole lot of reality tv and RIZZOLI AND ISLES. i’m not sure how that one happened, but it did. but, a summer would not be complete without a new abc family show – are we all loving BUNHEADS? there’s been a hole in my heart ever since gilmore girls went away – and while i’m not quite sure this show fills that hole, or if any show ever will, i sure am happy to have KELLY BISHOP back on my tv screen. oh, and i’m watching the bachelorette…duh.
anticipating: do you like they way i just sorta let it slip that ABN and i are getting away for a couple of days this weekend? my parents are coming to town on thursday and they made it abundantly clear that
we were forced they really wanted us to get a bit of time to be alone – together. to be 100% honest it felt sorta unnecessary. after all, my parents are coming back in september to watch EBN so that we can go to a wedding for a few days with good friends. but since the time away wasn’t really left up to choice at all we decided we may as well take advantage and so we’re headed off to big sur. we found a small house (way up in the trees) to rent and we plan to spend our time cooking and drinking and reading and sleeping. it’s very hard for me to be away from EBN (i’ll let out a good, brief, cry at around 3pm each day) but i also know the time will be really good for the two of us – and i’m pretty sure EBN will be in heaven with her NANI and P’PA.
listening to: do fireworks count? because pacifica is fireworks crazy. we’re one of the only towns in the county where it’s legal to blast off fireworks and let me tell you – the residents take full advantage. i’m a bit anxious for tomorrow night as i remember last year – it sounded just like world war III. somehow, EBN slept through the insanity, but i know we won’t be that lucky this time around. she is going to be scared shitless (maybe not a bad thing?). two houses on my street have this competition of who can create a bigger and louder and greater blast. it’s a really good time – i’m just hoping we all make through to the other side.
planning: it feels like i’m always planning something…doesn’t it? right now i’m working on doing some meal planning and blog planning and work/life planning. i feel like if i just write everything down – life will be easier and things will go more smoothly. but at the same time, i feel like if i write something down and then veer off plan, i’ve failed in some way. i know it’s about finding balance – i’m trying.
wishing: good friends didn’t live so far away.