No matter how big of an optimist you may be, there will still be times when life brings you down. It could be something big, it could be something seemingly trivial, but those bad patches when you feel like crap hit even the best of us.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter might know that I’m trying to get back into shape after a summer of junk food and soda, and I was doing really well too. 3lbs in a little less than 2 weeks isn’t all that bad, right?
And than this weekend happened. It was only a 3 day trip to visit family, but I think I ate enough food to feed a small army. I’m afraid to weigh myself because if I’ve gained back any of that weight I will definitely get depressed!
So there I was, eating chocolate cake and feeling sorry for myself at the same time, when I happened across the following image on Pinterest:
And you know what? It made me feel better for some weird reason. I’ll lose the extra pounds, I know I will. Whatever else might happen, at least I have a loving and caring husband who won’t give me the silent treatment over a clogged drain 😂 It’s all about perspective people! No matter how down in the dumbs I may get, stuff like this reminds me that there are weirder problems out there (or there were) that people deal with!
Yes, it is finally happening, my little itty bitty baby is starting school this fall! Ok so maybe she’s not all that itty bitty, she is almost 3 after all, and it’s not actually school, just nursery school which is glorified daycare right? But school is school and I am excited! She’s going to go to school! She’s all grown up (kind of)! I get a few hours a day to myself every day!
Is it bad that I’m more excited about that last one then I should be? Look, I love Lilly, she’s my whole entire world, but seriously guys, a girl needs a bit of time away from the house and kids every once in a while to retain her sanity. Me? I think the number of times I’ve done anything without Lilly along for the ride is in the single digits, and that’s counting doctors appointments which don’t really count as ‘me-time’ last time I checked.
Suffice it to say, the start of ‘school’ is going to be an exciting new time for us both and I for one can’t wait!
Some people are all about spontaneity and doing stuff spur of the moment, while other people are like me. Let’s just say that I am not a fan of spontaneity. I like to plan things, to make lists, to be prepared. There’s just something about uncertain or sudden plans that stress me the hell out! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy spontaneous trips to a movie or dinner every once in a while, even the odd out of town trip here or there, but the big stuff? The big stuff needs to be planned in advance if I want to keep myself from going crazy.
Which brings me to our current situation: moving house. Moving isn’t all that big of a deal you might say, people do it all the time. It might be time-consuming or exhausting, but that’s about it, right? Well, it is if you know where you’re moving to.
We currently live in an apartment, the lease of which will be up in 2 short months, and we honestly have no idea where we’re going when that happens. We’ve given our notice, no uncertainty about that, but where we’re going is definitely a mystery.
We’ve been house hunting for over 6 months now and anyone who has gone through the process will tell you that it is an impossible feat to find something that fits all your criteria while still being in your budget. Great house? Backs onto a highway. Old house that needs fixing up? Too expensive so won’t leave money in your budget for the renovations. Awesome neighborhood? The house has only one bathroom. Perfect house in a nice neighborhood? Crappy school district.
So yes, house hunting is not for the easily fazed. Let’s just hope we find a place and soon! Something tells me I’m going to be impossible to live with the closer we get to our move out date without some place to move into…
This summer, as I may have mentioned once or twice before, has been more than a tad hectic to say the least. Always being on the go and always doing stuff may seem awesome and fun for a while but after a month or so of constant activity? Well let’s just say the charm wears off soon and you actually start relishing the odd day or so of having nothing to do!
So yes, I definitely need a vacation after this summer, though I suppose a vacation would mean more activity and moving around so maybe what I really need is a few consecutive days of peace and quiet and nothing to do.
A side-effect of constant activity that I didn’t anticipate was the mental haze that comes with it. Basically, when you’re always working or on the move, there really isn’t any time in the day to think. I like to think of myself as a wannabe writer and usually my head is always full of ideas and snatches of creative inspiration but for the first time in a long time all my head seems to be full of is a hazy cloud of exhaustion. Even when I’m actively trying to come up with things to write, all I end up with is the idea of wanting to write and nothing to go with it, and that really bothers me. Writing, or creativity in general, is an essential part of who I am and without it, I just feel slightly lost.
So yes, summer is almost over (hopefully) and I for one cannot wait for the dull routine of life to pick up again. Maybe I’ll have better luck shaking off this haze when my physical life is less demanding!
Me: It’s 11:30pm, the dishwasher is loaded, dryer is emptied, living room picked up, toddler asleep and I need to unwind! Oh look I have 17 episodes of Castle recorded that I haven’t watched yet. I’ll just watch 1 episode before heading to bed…
Have I mentioned how busy this summer has been? I have? Good. Let me just repeat it for good measure: this summer has been very very very busy! I’ve barely had time to sit still for more than 10 mins at a time let alone composing and putting out blog posts! My blog however is the least of my worries when it comes to all the things that got neglected this summer.
When spring rolled around this year I promised myself I’d get so much done. I’d read all those books languishing on my to-read list, I’d finally hit the gym and lose that pesky extra 5lbs I’ve been carrying around since Lilly was born, I’d potty train Lilly in time for school, I’d change my hair color and on and on. You know how much I actually got done in the last few months? Go on, guess.
If you guessed ‘virtually nothing’, congratulations you win money (or not).
Reading books? The only reading I did this summer was 160 characters at a time on Twitter. Losing 5lbs? Yeah, I kinda sorta gained an extra 4lbs instead. My hair? The same old boring shade of brown. And potty training? Don’t even get me started on that. Let’s just say that that ‘last box of pull-ups I’m ever buying!’ is still in a store somewhere because I sure as hell ain’t done with potty training.
To be fair, I haven’t been able to give potty training the undivided attention it deserves but that’s only because I’ve barely been home for more than 3-4 hours at a time. Ever try potty training on the move? Not fun.
Now though? With a little over a month to go before Lilly starts at nursery school, it’s time to get serious and fast. Pull-ups? Just glorified diapers that really don’t seem to help so those are out. I let Lilly pick out some nice training pants and we’ve been using those since yesterday. Hell, I even got stickers and all for a reward system and it actually seems to help!
So yes, we are going cold turkey, going from diapers to underwear overnight and we are getting this done damn it! Wish us luck! I don’t know about my toddler, but I at least am going to need it.