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In the interest in full disclosure, that sentence up there is half mine and half an advertisement for Grammarly service, you guess what half is by whom. They contacted me, maybe because they could see I obviously don’t use a grammar corrector, and offered me an preview account and a gift card if I put that link up there. They offer a 7 day trial to anyone and I checked them out and they are worth looking into if you are writing a lot and don’t have time to read and re-read and have your mom read what you are writing (and you care).
Here is like my livingroom. I write like I talk and other then making a fair effort to spell things so people can read them I don’t go crazy with the edits. Recently I have been writing elsewhere and there I feel far more like I should be writing at a professional level (since they even pay me).
That is actually what I am doing today – a post for my IT customer, a piece for a Nature/Tree hugging website that I like (I’ll link when it is up, if they like it that is) and then all the various e-mails that I need more than 1 min to write therefore I save it for the one day I have time to do things that require focus and two hands, both rare commodities in my world.
Sadly, writing this is my break from a day of writing things so I must now go back to the other writing and soon I hope to move on to exciting things like bills or cleaning. I’m looking forward to 4pm when I pick up all the girls and it is back to fun mom time. I might hide from them occasionally but I do love having them around
99% 86.5 % of the time.
… said nobody ever… but me! I do actually like Monday and have for a long time but now I really really like it more than probably is socially acceptable.
The only time I hated Monday was when I hated my job but still, I liked the ‘knowing’ of what came next because Monday tends to be the day things are nicely planned on.
I do Laundry – not really fun but so satisfying to cycle through 5 loads and see them all nice and clean at the end. Don’t ask if I have a folding and putting away day… that is not a perfected system yet.
I bake bread. I say with pride; it has been well over a month, nearly two, since I last purchased bread from the store (other then rolls for a specific meal). It is $3 a loaf in the store and we were going through 2-3 a week some weeks. I can’t exactly say what my price per loaf is but it tastes better and again, I like the process and outcome. As a bonus there is a great smell from bread rising and baking. It takes ALL day because the house is cool or my yeast is lazy but I’ll mix it up around 12:30 during nap and it is ready for a second kneading around 4:30 and baking around 9pm. The two I make last exactly a week so it is perfect.
I recover from the weekend and prep for the week. Monday only Fiona is home with me and it is nice to just have time with her but believe me, it is a trick to be productive. She wants to read and sing and my 100% attention and I can give it to her because her attention span is never more than 10 minutes. We have a system with the laundry – she sits on the washer and watches, or, helps get things out of the dryer. We have a system with the bread – she gets to dump the things I measure and she is a fair mixer. Otherwise when she is interested in other things I do what I can do in the room we are in and that actually gets a fair amount done in the day. Only being captive to the whims of one is way easier, when the others are home I juggle needs like a pro but there are few times that someone does not need something. You get creative with them ‘helping’ but it does cut into the ability to tidy through the day like I can do with just 1 at home. The Rainbow Momma group I am in was discussing the ability to be happy with housework and one lady put it well that once or twice a week she celebrates her house and I like the sound of that. Working on the house and home is a valid thing to spend time on but obsessing over it is as bad as obsessing over anything.
Monday is also a karate day for Lars and Niamh and while that does stretch my night out, it does make bed and bath simple with only 2. Niamh is actually getting decent at her strikes and stance, someday she will (more of) a force to be reckoned with.
Monday is sometimes a lonely day because I don’t really go out and Fiona isn’t the best company but I usually end up with a facetime with some family member and a call from miss Math so the day moves by.
however…. I’m only half done with Monday and so I must go back to it. Just pausing here for 10min to say Happy Monday.
Lars is back, thank goodness. Fiona was sure he was in his office and kept trying to go find him. We did FaceTime but it just is not the same. He had a wholly un-fun time but at least the weather was nice. Funerals are just not fun affairs but this one included a few more un-fun elements then normal so although he is home he needs a vacation from the vacation.
On the bright side, while he was gone my mom was here. They are not substitutes for each other but it was great to have my mom around and the kids loved having her too. She is a great reader and listener to reading and always had time and a lap for a granddaughter and that is a very good thing while I was managing all the continuation of life solo. The travel exchange worked as planned, Lars arrived at 1 and Mom left at 3 so for 2 hours we hung out at the Mall of America. Mom was amused by the rides and general fun and Lars was buoyed up by doing something easy and fun with his girls. We all left when we had to bring mom to catch her plane because everyone was tired.
On the dark side, it was a hard week with interrupted sleep and I had trouble maintaining 2 thoughts at the same time much less good patience for the random nonsense of 3 little girls. They are just like other kids I’m sure with the picking at each other, putting things in their mouth, disagreeing and correcting me… and usually I can handle it but my tolerance is proportional to my level of sleep. I will hope that tonight will be normal and tomorrow will be a fresh week with nothing out of the ordinary for 4 days.
On a complete tangent; Fiona is getting on board with the potty training. I am well aware this is going to be a long process since she is currently too short to even get on a toilet, she does go when we put her on the potty. She can’t hold it in-between but she seems interested in sitting when I suggest it. Her language is improving daily and today she actually told me she had to go and I call that a very good sign. I need to make a goal date, maybe summer? Lets see how this week goes but I won’t be sad to be done with my constant nearly 6 year relationship with huggies.
To finish it up, here are a few other pictures from the week
It was a good visit with my mom but at the same time a few days I missed Lars. Cheers to a new week.