1. I’ve been back to work for three and a half weeks now. It feels pretty okay, you guys. We’ve got an excellent and highly efficient morning routine going, the lunches have (so far) been homemade, the clothes have been clean, the dog has only punished us once for leaving her alone all day, the Tupperware lids are all still accounted for, and we all still like each other at bedtime. Almost always. So, there has been some bickering. And there may possibly have been one or two incidents where I may possibly have screamed repeatedly at my family to GET IN THE VAN!!! But generally, things are going well. I have not even misplaced my keys that many times. Okay, so seven times. Really what I’m saying is that 43% of the time I knew exactly where my keys were at the exact moment I needed them. That’s less than half the time, people. If you know me at all you would know that the cards in my wallet are organized alphabetically, I fold my family’s underwear, and I have labels on all the things. But I can rarely keep track of my keys. So maybe I’ll work on that. In any case, I feel pretty good about finding that this working mom thing is totally cray-cray most of the time but also highly doable most of the time.
2. I recently spent a night away from home at White Point Beach Resort. Oceanfront cabin, a fireplace, coffee, wine, girlfriends to share or sit in silence with, waves crashing on the rocks, a salty sea breeze, hand-knitted socks, a good book, a comfy chair, and blessed quiet. It was everything I knew it would be. Sometimes all it takes for me to remember everything I love about my life is to step away from my life for a short period of time. It’s good to be back.
3. I tried a new curry recipe last week that my entire family (all three of my small people included) loved. You will find it here. The only changes we made were to add some sweet potato, diced carrot, about a cup of chicken stock, and about a tablespoon of fish sauce. I served it over warm naan bread and, you guys, it was nommy.
4. My eldest son lost two teeth last weekend and I am pleased to say that the Tooth Fairy remembered to show up both times. Also, I was so not prepared for how emotional I would get over him losing his first tooth. I’m pretty sure I’ll need to be sedated for his first middle school dance. My baby is growing up and I don’t like it.
5. I really need to go to the dentist, see my family doctor, get a hair-cut/color, wax some stuff, and mop my floors. Since I am having difficulty deciding on the order in which to prioritize these things, in addition to the difficulty I am having in remembering on any given day that these things ought to be prioritized in the first place, I find myself doing none of these things every day so far this month. I need to change my ways.