Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook...October 5, 2010

FOR TODAY...October 5, 2010

Outside my window...rain.  What else? 

I am thinking...about how to find the motivation to jump start my weight watchers endeavor.  I need to spend more time meal planning, weighing, measuring, etc.  It takes more time than I have but those little convenient things I grab may be low in points but add up fast!

I am thankful for...two happy healthy boys.  Alex came down with his first ear infection and the doctor was saying how shocked she was that he'd made it 2 years without having been on an antibiotic!  We've been very lucky with both of the boys and their infrequent need for medication and/or sick doctor visits.  Don't get me wrong, we've been there plenty, I just think it could be a lot worse.  Our family tends to get the more obscure things like Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease, or Whooping Cough.

From the kitchen...nothing today.  I want to boil up some eggs for lunches for the rest of the week but might not get to that today.

I am wearing...warm sweater, socks, hovering over my space heater since it's (always) so cold here!

I am remembering...to give Alex his amoxicillin twice a day for the next 9.5 days.  He got his first dose at dinner last night and Daddy was in charge of his breakfast dose so it's gone well so far.  I want him to feel better so he'll get back to sleeping well and not be so crabby!

I am creating...a plan to get some photo projects off the ground.  I have started organizing some of my pictures to get some "samples" created of notecards and journals, etc. that I can sell on Etsy.
I am going...to see A Chorus Line at the RBTL tonight.  It's the first show in our season pass for this year.  Nancy and I have been doing this for 5 (?) seasons now and I look very forward to the time dedicated to spending with just HER.  We don't see each other very often these days so this allotted time is fantastic!  We usually grab dinner (Applebee's tonight so I can take advantage of their Weight Watchers friendly menu!) and make a night of it.  Thankfully, my Mom has agreed to watch the boys tonight so that I can take advantage of this opportunity, otherwise I'd be in trouble! 

I am hoping...this evening works out well timing-wise.  It's the first time doing our season tickets with us living so far away so it's taken some finagling and I have to bounce the kids home late tonight so I hope it goes smoothly.  It's not as much fun to go out and have a good adult time when I know I'm messing up my boys schedule, routine, etc.  I know they'll love hanging out with Geema, but I hope they don't give her a hard time!! 

I am hearing...noise.  I feel surrounded by noise.  Talking.  Rustling.  Clanging.  I long for peace and quiet.
Pondering these words...Robert Mapplethorpe once said, "If I am at a party, I want to be at the party. Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things. They become professional observers." and it struck me because it's so true.  I do this from time to time.  I use the camera as an excuse NOT to participate, not to engage, not to converse, without meaning to.  Especially in uncomfortable situations or among people I don't know.  When I consciously decide NOT to bring my camera to an event I almost feel guilty because I figure that's what people expect from me...to photograph their event and somehow by not doing so I'm letting them down.  In reality sometimes I really DO just want to be there.  Plus there are certain circumstances under which it's nearly impossible for me to play photographer and Mom so I just choose the role I'm more suited for.  

Around the house...ball crawl balls are everywhere!  Auntie Pam bought Alex a ball crawl for his birthday because he loves (throwing, catching, holding, playing with, bouncing) balls so much!  He loves it and will jump in head first and giggle with glee until the cows come home (whatever that actually means), but there are balls everywhere!  Luckily he likes to play the "clean up" game still so that helps!

On my mind...time management.  How best to balance everything I want/need to do in life.  It just seems like there are never enough hours in the day.  Other people manage so what am I doing wrong?
Noticing that...I'm getting more and more forgetful.  I even forget things I've just said, or just written.  If there's a test for early Alzheimer's, I think I need it.  I can explain it away with the usual "I have a lot going on, I'm bound to forget something" excuses, but that doesn't cut it anymore.  The airhead description isn't explaining it anymore, either. 

One of my favorite things...fresh seasonal apples.  I love the Fall season and all that comes with it...cooler temperatures, fresh in-season apples, fall leaves to jump in, the colors, the ability to wear cozy layers, the motivation to snuggle up and hunker down.  Love it!

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Photoshop class with Heidi, Lunch with Leah to celebrate her turning the big 3-0, Giving blood, whatever else the week brings!

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

I love this boy with all of my being.  The happiness he brings to me is immeasurable. There's something about this particular photo that just screams pure, NATE, to me.  The mischief in his eyes, the charming smirk, the joy in his expression that looks like he just told you a fart joke.  I sure do love this Bug.


Matt said...

My dad, when he worked at Kodak, would usually be the guy who was taking pictures of the social events. Near the end of his time there I went to a VetNet dinner with him (recognizing armed service veterans). He was taking pictures, and I realized that as gregarious a person as he seemed to me, he was using the camera to avoid being involved in the 'party' just like you described! And I think we all are getting older-I saw a movie yesterday for free and couldn't remember the title of it after I walked out of the theater! I suppose though that says more about my thoughts of the movie than my failing memory haha!

Lisa notes... said...

I definitely need to spend more time planning meals, too. Sigh. Not my favorite thing, but definitely a worthwhile thing. Hope you enjoyed “A Chorus Line” and a night out!