A few days ago, I told my child's teacher after I completely spaced the parent-teacher conference we had scheduled, "I used to have my shit together, and then I became a parent. But I guess 6 years in to this parenting run, I suppose I can no longer claim my new normal is temporary." She didn't know me in my pre-parenting days, when I really was on time to things, and even occasionally organized. A time when I could string thoughts coherently, er, string coherent thoughts togetherly. While I … [Read more...] about Balancing my current work with my future work goals
Here it is just after Labor Day and I have no idea where summer went. Oh, wait, I live in PHX so for all intents & purposes, it's still here, sticking its ugly thumb in my eye until at least Halloween. But the "fall" semester descended upon us a couple of weeks ago, and it is the. last. fall. semester. ever. Or it was supposed to be. My Better Half™ was supposed to graduate in December. Now that's up in the air. His committee needs time to read the thousand pages he's written or some … [Read more...] about duct taping it all together
Does anyone have a recipe for homemade chloroform? I ask because I'm exhausted but I can't sleep. Insomnia + exhaustion is a bad combination. By the way, how do I know homemade chloroform even exists? Because I still remember a story My Better Half told me about a long time ago, where a friend of his figured out how to make it and called his homemade concoction "Chuckle" because the chemical makeup was something like CHCl or something. If you know how to score some, let me know. Til then I'll … [Read more...] about Got Chuckle?
Yesterday was my last day of vacation staycation off. I just don't know what to call it. It's probably no secret that a vacation with two kids 3 and under is hardly restful, so while calling it a vacation is wrong, even the "-cation" part of staycation just rubs me the wrong way. Here are some handy reminders that I may need to review when planning our next trip to ensure sanity next time around: If at all possible, avoid making the first day of your time off a 19 hour day of packing, … [Read more...] about Vacation recap
Do you think that this coffee that I made last Tuesday is still okay? Hmm. Smells fine. Can coffee turn into alcohol or something, like is it okay to drink? Let's give it a try and see how it goes. Words I may will live to regret. … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Thoughts: Old Coffee edition
The spring semester has wound down, and My Better Half™ decided after much deliberation to accept an offer of summer archaeological fieldwork. Normally this wouldn't even be an option, as the typical fieldwork schedule is 10 days away, 4 days at home, repeat. If you're lucky. But this year there happens to be a project within driving distance of where we live, so every morning he reports to the office at 5 a.m., commutes from there to the site, and then returns home at the end of each … [Read more...] about A fieldwork widow
I'm sitting here staring at my monitor ready to write a post. Why? Not because I have anything to say but because I have, for the 1st time today, 20 minutes or so to myself before I collapse in exhaustion. Between working a full-time job and taking care of a 10 month old without a single full night of sleep in more than 10 months, I feel drained. Creatively. And physically. Spent, in every way. The time to write & the moments of inspiration just do not coincide. And when I do have time, … [Read more...] about Uninspired. Or just plain tired.
Am I the only one who views the workday as an impediment to the sh*t I want to and need to get done? Instead of sitting here for 8 hours I would rather: finish my Photoshop Mother's Day project finish the art I started 7 months ago for my daughter's nursery finish start at least one of the three books I got from the library watch another episode of Luther nap And, for those of you who are counting, in addition to the pet projects I would like to get done, I also need to: … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Thoughts: The Workday
I started my new job almost a year ago, when I was six months pregnant. And within a couple weeks, my new boss connected me with a woman who works here who had just come back from maternity leave. I went up to talk with her one afternoon because she'd just enrolled her daughter in the same daycare we were considering. We compared notes on the daycare, and, naturally, touched base on a lot of other baby-related issues: hospitals and birth, pumping at work, and, of course, sleep. She told me the … [Read more...] about A Problem Only for Upper Middle Class Moms
After a nearly sleepless night, during which baby slept no more than one continuous hour at a stretch, with long droughts of zero sleep in between, I was racking my sleep-deprived brain for things to do with baby today. I don't really have any friends with babies nearby, so I can't just call on one of them to hang out at their place. I've been on walk after walk after walk and it's not even 10 a.m. Plus it looks like it's going to rain any second. The malls don't open til 11 and I don't have any … [Read more...] about Best Argument I’ve Ever Heard for Going to Church