loving: that THE BUG is totally into her accessories. she’s never found without sunglasses or a bow (or EVERY bow) or a necklace or a head band or a hat or a wrist band. when we fold laundry she insists on wearing my underwear around her neck like a hot bib necklace. she likes to go into my closet and pull belts out of their organizer (the only part of my house currently organized) and wrap them around herself multiple times. she takes old, long forgotten headbands with feathers and large bows and wears them so that the band part sits at the nape of her neck and the two ends poke out from behind her ears. girl’s got a style all her own.
reading: can you believe i don’t have a book right now? i just finished THE AGE OF MIRACLES - loved it. yes, it was depressing (when you put together middle school angst AND the earth’s rotation slowing down…life is fairly miserable) but the dichotomy. clearly, the fate of the world is not looking good – but people are still people. there’s still sickness and heartbreak and cool kids and bullies. it was also interesting to read the book at the start of the new year. there’s a lot of emphasis in our daily lives about the passage of time. at certain points in the day, we expect certain things to happen. but when the day is extended to 24.5, 30, 49, 72 hours – in some ways life has to slow down. and in some ways, it just can’t. i recommend it for sure.
so now i’m catching up on my september issue of vanity fair. already can tell it’s a winner.
as for my next book – not settled yet but i’m thinking THIS might be a good plan. i’ve just finished two great works of fiction so i’m ready to change things up a bit.
watching: i think i look forward to the fall tv season the way normal people look forward to the return of their favorite sports teams. it’s like a major part of my life has been seriously missing over the last several months. although, i do have to say, i sure got a lot done! so i’m already in super deep with PARENTHOOD – probably my favorite show on tv. this season i’m going to take on REVENGE as well. it came highly recommend by a friend with some serious tv prowess so i’m trying to catch up. ABC is doing a recap of last season which should be super helpful and i have the final episode from last spring saved on my dvr – i’ll let you know how all that goes and maybe some can help fill in some holes? thanks.
thinking about: getting my house organized. we have so much space – theorectically. we also have a ridiculous amount of stuff. it’s not stuff that we want to get rid of but it’s stuff that needs a more specific place. like my yarn. and my paperwork for work. and EBN’s books and toys. and all those salt and pepper shakers. and ABN’s piles (he’s a hiker by definition. you know hikers build those little stacks with rocks? it’s called a cairn – to mark their path and find their way home. well our house if full of little cairns, built out of various materials – business cards, coins, pdfs – that ABN has left around to find his way home….i guess. and yes…i did just pull the word cairn out of my ass. i’ve been listening to him all these years!). i feel like i’m living in chaos. i hate chaos.
(slightly) stressing about: my list. it’s endless. this weekend i have a big community event. and my inlaws are coming to town. and it’s our anniversary. but first yom kippur on wednesday. and then next week is ABN’s birthday and his birthday celebrated. and my friend is coming from LA and my in laws are coming back and my brother is coming and…i’ve got a long list.
looking forward to: EBN and i are starting the toddler program at the synagogue on friday. it’s just for an hour and a half, and only once a week. but i think it’s going to be great. she’ll be one of the oldest in the group (and one of the biggest for sure). i’m excited for her to be part of a formal class again (we took a bit of a break this summer) and for her to meet new friends and for me to connect with some new mamas as well. we are part of the very best community in pacifica but i want to make sure that EBN grows up in a jewish community as well and this is her start!
making me happy: this is going to sound freaking insane but…running. i was in the most cranktastic mood sunday evening (it had to do with the neediness EBN had been hurling my way all afternoon and then as soon as ABN walked in she was all head-over-heels-shriek-with-delight-mama-who-i-only-have-eyes-for-my-daddy-deliriously-happy and i felt…shafted). anyway ABN told me to take a break and suggested a drive down to the beach for a glass of wine with a friend. for whatever reason i decided to go for a run, before it got too target (it was borderline at best). and i came back feeling so.much.better. sure, i seem to have twisted my knee which might mean i’m out of the game for the next day or so but never ever EVER have i ever believed that i could be someone who felt better about my life, after a run. who knew?
so what’s going on with you currently? i’d love to hear.
thanks DANIELLE, for keeping these posts a-coming!