I like resolutions; I like the idea of having a specific starting point for changes. I make good resolutions. You’ll never see me resolving to stop biting my nails (HA! ha ha ha ha. That will never happen!) or stop eating chocolate or start working out (I did not have painful weight-loss surgery so I could get sweat in my eyes.) I try to make them achieve-able and positive and fun.
Spend more time with my family. I have LOVED this vacation with Dustin off work for over a week. We haven’t accomplished as many cleaning tasks as I’d like to (ever), but it’s been very relaxed and I’ve had a lot of time with Dustin and the kids. And I’ve enjoyed it.
This isn’t really “fun,” but I love water so it shouldn’t be hard.
Finish Orientation. Move on to my normal course work. Work regularly — lately I go in spurts of stop and go. I’ll work every day for a week and then not open my binder for the next four days.
Cook! I have a dream of one day getting sharp knives, a Cuisinart, and maybe even an apron! Also, I kind of want an electric can-opener and a bread-maker. And I want to make my own cheese
Continue working with Maizey. Our Beginner Obedience class starts next week and I’m excited. When we finish that, we’ll probably move on to rally. Also, work more on handling — the last time we attended class Maizey barked, chewed her lead, dragged me around, and generally ignored all humans in favor of canines. I’m sure the other competitors will LOVE that when we’re in the ring.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO MY FIVE READERS!
December 31, 2009 at 4:33 pm
Dear Maizey, please stop trying to disembowel the vacuum cleaner. It is not going to literally suck off your fur. Believe me, if it could, I would have tried that already, just like they suggested in Reader’s Digest (complete with a picture!)
Dear Dustin, I know you love making cold coffee drinks — or, as I see it, something that resembles iced diarrhea — and I know you have to leave for work early. I also appreciate that you want to save time and money by NOT purchasing them from Starbucks. But, for the love of God, must you use the blender at 5am and wake up the entire house?!?!? (I only know this because Dustin is on vacation and therefore not crushing ice at 5am and — surprise! — the kids wake up at the much more reasonable hour of 7am. And now, God help me, I just said that 7am is reasonable.)
Dear Sydney, or as you are now officially known, Brute. Please stop being so fickle. I know that it’s a definitional characteristic of a 2yo, but you’ve always been preternaturally sweet and I get enough demands from your three older siblings. Wanting to wear panda-bear pajamas with feet all day? Fine by me. Insisting on rolling in mud followed by tromping through my just-vacuumed house? Not fine by me, and to prove it, I will out-tantrum your two-year-old ass when it happens. Got it?
Dear Allegra, You melted my heart when I took you for a haircut and you asked the stylist to make you look “just like mommy.”
Dear Photoshop, You’re fun. I like you. Let’s be friends!
December 28, 2009 at 11:16 am
(Other than birth, breastfeeding, childbirth education, and car seat safety, that is.)
j’aime manger les hamburger
J’aime mon chien
j’aime faire cuire
You would think that since I love to eat, I have always loved to cook. You would be wrong.
Dustin used to do all the cooking. (Yes, after he worked a 9-hour day followed by an hour commute home, including crossing the border from Mexico back into the States. We also used to have a cleaning lady. I, who weighed nearly 300lbs, sat on the couch and watched TV and ate bon-bons, perpetually pregnant. I was THAT wife.)
But now that I’ve had my intestines re-arranged, I can’t eat bon-bons, there isn’t much good TV anymore except for Modern Family and Lost, four children is enough, and I like to cook. Here are a few of my recent pleasures, all courtesy of my favorite website, allrecipes.com
I have to give some credit to Leigh, who taught me that any “hydrogenated” ingredient is bad, and took me to Trader Joe’s; my therapist for suggesting I watch Food Network; and Dustin* for putting a premium on raw milk, grass-fed beef, and organic chicken and eggs. Thank you.
December 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm