MM and I took a walk outside this morning and I took a few pictures, thought I’d share…
This is just outside our apartment building, to the right. Beyond those trees is the “main road” which leads to the grocery store, the highway, and basically everything else we go to.
Here MM is showing you the door to our apartment building.
And to the left of the building is a path to the parking lot and a view of the road our apartment is on – this is the road we would take if we were taking a longer walk. Of course after this we just ended up going to the little playground. It was nice and quiet as we were the only ones there.
That’s the topic on Momversation today so you know I had to throw in my two cents or twelve. Actually, the first question they ask is, “How do you find time to read as a mother?” And you know – good point? Where did I find the time to read forty seven books last year? I think the year MM was born I read maybe 5 books, mostly those little funny parenting story books or a very light chick lit variety. And I was so disappointed when I looked back on that, I made a commitment to remake a commitment to reading. Because I loooooove to read. I don’t think that’s a secret. Most of the time, I read at night – the goal is to get in an hour before bedtime but sometimes one hour is really only ten minutes and that’s okay. When I get to the end of a book an hour can turn into four, which will have me grumpy in the morning, but it’s usually worth it. I almost never read during the day unless it’s really addictive like the Twilight series – I’m pretty sure MM was none too pleased with me during that tail spin.
Speaking of Twilight, that’s another answer to the question, “How do you find the time?” Sometimes it’s about what you read. It was only recently that I started even attempting nonfiction again and a lot of the books I read are very light – young adult books are far easier to get through than classic literature. But what five books would I say “changed my life”? That’s a hard question. According to goodreads.com I’ve listed 101 books as “favorite” – how do you pare that down? And as I looked through them, the terminology of the question kept getting in my way – because this doesn’t ask, “What are your 5 favorite books?” It asks, “What 5 books have changed your life?” I have a lot of favorite books, books I adored, passionately – but most of them have not changed me in any honest way. To be truthful, at the end of the day, there is only one book which I think is worthy of that statement…
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I read this just after college and before my little man was born and it’s a good thing because I’d probably still be reading it now if I’d waited to read it after his birth. It was loooong – probably the longest book I’ve ever read but it is still probably the book I’d call ‘favorite of all time ever.’ It was reading this book that I think I came to terms with a lot of my own short comings – most prominently the ones I’d earned in my four years of college, the self truths I was having a hard time accepting. This book kind of made all that okay because the main character in this book? She’s got a lot of short comings – she doesn’t always do the right thing (heck she rarely does the right thing) and she’s not always admirable or kind or gracious or smart – and if she’d been alive today, ho boy – the troubles she’d have gotten herself into. But I still admired her in spite of myself – I was able to see bits of myself in her and even if those bits weren’t technically compliments, I still kind of took them as such. I think that’s the point. You can be a good person and do good things and still do bad things, too – it doesn’t make you any less of a stellar main character. It really showed me that I could still love myself even when I wasn’t exactly acting lovable.
What about you? What books have changed your life? How do you find time to read?
I think it’s time for a good meme, don’t you? Snagged this one at Jen’s blog. It’s a good thing I can always count on my fellow Jens for blog fodder – not that this is all I have up my sleeve. I might be back later with pictures taken from OUTSIDE my apartment, commentary on the latest MOMversation and if you are really lucky a Friday Fave Five. That all depends on how long MM will be distracted by tv or napping. Lord knows there’s a good chance he’ll come over soon and tell me to “peasah get off the puter?” or as he has lately taken to telling me, “STOP WORKING!” Much more to the point, no? Yikes, I’d better stop babbling and start memeing before he decides my time is up…
Here is what you are supposed to do, and try not to be lame and spoil the fun. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Have fun and be truthful! I want to see your answers!
- What is your occupation right now? Is there a really fancy way to say, “Watch kids and blog” that isn’t stay at home mom or homemaker? I’m looking for a new business title - leave a comment with your best suggestions.
- What color are your socks right now? the invisible kind. i.e. I’m barefoot for the summer. I don’t know about you but once sandals weather kicks in I avoid socks at all cost. Unless we’re going for a walk long enough to justify my old lady walking sneakers, I leave the socks in the sock drawer where they belong.
- What are you listening to right now? Martha Speaks on PBS and traffic outside the balcony door. My neighborhood can’t seem to decide if it’s rural or urban. We’re rurban.
- What was the last thing that you ate? peanut butter and jelly on a FlatOut flatbread wrap (see my thoughts on FlatOut and lunch here), string cheese and strawberry milk. Only a slightly classier version than what MM had for lunch except I didn’t drop my string cheese on the floor so I got to eat mine. Someday I’ll start eating “grown up” food again but for the past week this is the only thing I’ve wanted.
- Can you drive a stick shift? No, I attempted to learn briefly in my drivers ed. days but after a lot of stalling out, crying and whimpering in the corner, the executive decision was made to go the automatic route. I’ve never looked back.
- Last person you spoke to on the phone? the husband last night, announcing that he was finally coming home (hurray!) – that will likely be the next phone call I receive, too unless any family members decide to call today. It could happen.
- Do you like the person who sent this to you? Well nobody sent it to me, but I do like the person whose blog I stole it from. Not in a romantic like way, though, I am both married and more into Johns than Jens – sorry Jen.
- How old are you today? Twenty Six going on Eighty or so. At least it feels that way most of the time especially where all things pregnancy are concerned, except I guess if I were eighty the odds of me getting pregnant would be pretty slim…
- What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? reality television? Like America’s Next Top Model - extreme fashion and cat fighting; or American Idol - crazy races and vocal showdowns… or the cooking show variety – Iron Chef America aka Speed Cooking or The Next Food Network Star – embarrass yourself with food racing. That’s my kind of athletic event.
- What is your favorite drink? totally depends – DrPepper is probably my old standby for indulgences, but I also love a good mug of root beer. Milk and I don’t like to go a day without each other. If I’m not pregnant or nursing I might be tempted to answer White Russians…
- Have you ever dyed your hair? More times than I could even attempt to count.
- Favorite food? Hmm something of the pasta, cheese or my husband’s homemade pizza variety… unless dessert is an option – then I’ll say dessert. All of it.
- What is the last movie you watched? I think it was Confessions of a Shopaholic – sooooo good as I say in my review here. Other than that we’ve been doing a lot of tv shows on DVD – Raising The Bar, True Blood and Robin Hood (the BBC one I think?) being our top three right now.
- Favorite day of the year? At the moment I’m going with July 21 – the day I won’t be pregnant anymore and I get a cute little baby. But to be fair to her big brother, April 7 is pretty rocking, too.
- How do you vent anger? Usually here in the old blog – otherwise a good cleaning spree or maybe angry cooking. Or let’s face it – I probably vent to my poor husband more than anywhere else.
- What was your favorite toy as a child? books? I was a terribly boring child – the library was my toy store.
- What is your favorite season? I’m not sure anymore. Used to be summer but as I got older that became less true. Maybe the fall?
- Cherries or blueberries? cherries for sure
- Living arrangements? Shacked up with one husband and one and a half children in a third floor apartment in Wisconsin.
- When was the last time you cried? What night did I attempt two Rachel Ray dishes in one meal? 30 minute meals, my ass. I sobbed like a baby. RR and I are not speaking right now btw.
- What is on the floor of your closet? pretty much everything we own – clothes that don’t fit yet but I’m hoping someday will, baby stuff, storage totes, wrapping paper, books, other stuff I’m forgetting…
- What did you do last night? grocery shopping and watched True Blood (season one on DVD) while eating butterscotch pudding – the latest indulgence.
- What are you most afraid of? something awful happening to my husband or children – namely of the death variety…
- Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? cheese, BBQ sauce, sweet pickle relish and maybe some tomatoes – please and thank you.
- What is your favorite kind of dog? apparently it’s rescue dogs from Puerto Rico. I’ve liked every single one I’ve ever met.
- Favorite day of the week? toss up between Saturday and Sunday, depends on the weekend I suppose
- How many states have you lived in? four – I’ve now lived on the west coast, east coast, down south (ish) and the Midwest.
- Diamonds or pearls? Pearls – they are so classy and sophisticated – love them. Although I am rather partial to the diamonds on my wedding ring.
- What is your favorite flower? right now I’m a big fan of my Dark Red Americana geraniums but in general I love lilies and Gerbera daisies
- What is your favorite song? anything by John Mayer – really anything, although the stuff on Where The Light Is is probably the best.
- What is your pet peeve? bad customer service – I get really riled up about that after having spent about 9 years in the industry.
It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!
I’m pretty sure you will probably see a dozen or more questions about the 4th of July today which is cool but seeing as we’re all 1,000 miles away from everyone we know and don’t like crowds of strangers, we’re not planning anything typical for our 4th this year (well that’s not true – we’re planning a picnic bbq of sorts at some local park or beach where hopefully nobody else will be). So anyway, whatev – as much as I’m looking forward to the 4th of July, I’ll be honest, I’m mostly just looking forward to the FOOD. I’m going to make lemon bars – there will also be homemade beef teriyaki, bratwurst, deviled eggs, pasta salad, celery with peanut butter and maybe some popcorn. Seriously – just for the 3 1/2 of us.
But the thing is – this doesn’t even begin to satiate all the cravings I’m having lately. I dealt with foodie desires REALLY well for most of my pregnancy, counting my calories away like a good little preggo. But for the past week or so, or maybe more, it’s getting harder. Like all I want to do is throw away the rules and just INDULGE for all I’m worth in all things sweet and salty and delicious and not count a single bite. But I also don’t want to gain 80 pounds in the last three weeks of my pregnancy. So I’m trying to behave and getting in a few indulgences where I can…
Anyway for Aloha Friday, tell me…
If you could indulge in one thing right now, what would it be?