Friday, April 16, 2010

Hanging in there

Whew - can you hear the sound of my to-do list running through my head while I sit here typing away ? It's been a busy few weeks at the Quimby household, and in some cases, busier than Mr. Quimby and I would like !

I'm trying to exercise three times a week and each time costs me about 2.5 hours of time with the drive to the place, the actual exercising, the drive home and the (eventual) shower afterwards. I've had to let other things fall by the wayside as we adjust to this new schedule.

My co-op sale is coming up in 2 weeks and while I'm not where I want to be in terms of preparation, I still have time to pull it all together.

I went to an all day scrapbook workshop last weekend and got started on Ramona's baby book. I've completed about 10 scrapbooks since I started about 10 years ago, but haven't done as much in the past 5 years. Beezus and Ramona will each have a combination baby book/photo album/scrapbook that will cover their first year of life. I'm about 4 pages away from finishing Beezus' and I've only just started Ramona's. Mr. Quimby and I both feel that this is meaningful work to chronicle our family's life.

Beezus and Ramona are great and just got their summer haircuts. I'll post pictures soon. Beezus has become a back seat car seat driver, reminding me when I change lanes or turn and don't use my blinker. Interesting that she doesn't call me Mom or Mommy when she does this, but rather "THRIFT STORE MAMA" in a very stern voice. I can't imagine where she picked that up ! Ramona is learning the fine art of negotiation from Beezus and it's hysterical to hear her little almost 3 year old voice say "Mommy, how 'bout dis instead. I go potty AAAAFFFFTTTTEEEEERRRR I finish playing." It's very, very hard to say no when they ask for something politely and reasonable.

Mr. Quimby is really busy at work. He likes being busy but doesn't like having to do work work at home in the evenings after the girls are in bed. I have to take a trip for work April 26-27 and I'm very nervous about remembering to take everything for the meeting I'm in charge of. I'm nagging Mr. Quimby to start running again - I just made a trip to Target and stocked up on new running clothes for him (they were on sale).

I haven't had to go to Target in over a month and today's trip reminded me of the love/hate relationship we share. I love it today because they carry the kind of soft taco shells I like and that's what we're having for dinner tonight and I didn't have to make an extra trip to the grocery store. I know, I know, you're thinking "chicken taco roll-ups on Friday night ? But that's a Wednesday night dinner and Fridays are supposed to be hamburgers !" Sometimes, circumstances require me to mix it up a little bit. Chill, people !

I really, really miss my friends. I feel so out of touch and have missed several meetings of the Milk Moms recently. I feel even crummier that I'm not doing a good job checking in with people and calling out of town friends. Things will settle down after the co-op sale and after we've adjusted a little bit better to our schedule.

One thing I haven't had to give up is reading your blogs. It makes me have an illusion that I'm still connected to you.

But please don't think I'm complaining. I am healthy and my family is healthy and that is absolutely the most important thing.

Hope you all are doing well. Believe it or not, I'm thinking of you.


Elaine said...

I thought for a minute you were so busy you forgot what day it was! We'll cross paths soon, I hope.

Sandy said...

Ellen, your schedule is busting at the seams because you are the Mom of two little ones. You are right where you are suppose to be! Take a deep breathe and enjoy!
I am so happy you are finding the time to do something for yourself a few hours each week...that is important!

Laurie said...

Congratulations on all the scrapbooking progress! It sounds like you're in the middle of lots of tiring but also meaningful things for you.

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