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18 January 2011
Zoe had her first haircut today! I've been tired of constantly cleaning it out of her eyes, losing bows, and tying it on top of her head like a turnip.
And her Dad was really proud that she chose the black car with flames on it over the sparkly pink one.
Posted by Jenny at 7:22 PM
16 January 2011
After stuffing a load of laundry in, an alarming slippery slick oily sound emitted from her space as she continued exclaiming "I washing! I washing!"
I ran upstairs to find her washing the couch with my grapefruit scented body butter.
Parenting nose-dive for LOLing, seizing my camera, and then insisting she bring this sofa “cleansing” to a halt while I dashed like an E.R. doctor to the poor greasy buttered couch.
I don't think I have it in me to get mad about stuff like this.
I just love this child so ridiculously.
Posted by Jenny at 10:50 PM
23 November 2010
My sleep was so sound last night. The lights went out around ten, and suddenly the alarm was going off – not my inner-neurotic-mother-checkonbabywhatifshesdying alarm clock, either. When BJ gets up for work, I ordinarily follow so I can shower and do some reading. Today I stayed in bed. In fact I'm still lying here in bed under the sheets listening to the wind thrash around my backyard. Sipping Columbian roast & thinking about the pumpkin bread my sister gave me, just out of reach in the kitchen..so. far. away from my bed, though.
I'm allowing myself unproductivity today for two reasons – 1. It’s become apparent that I’m stressing myself out. I’ve been being a biatch, as a result. What is it about stress that makes us want to blame our stress on everyone else? I need to relearn how to chill, like I did when I was a working mom. I feel so pressured to have everything perfect now that I don’t have the excuse of a job, but I’m discovering that it’s still impossible to live up to the standards I set in my head for myself. 2. I will be cooped up in a house with a toddler all day, and I’d like to be present in that inevitable state of lunacy as short and simply as possible. It is...n't easy being inside.
This weekend was the first real snow storm. We took Zoe out in it Sunday afternoon. She was reluctant, but inquisitive. Eventually she grew quite taken with it. She calls the snow "NO!", her toddler rhetoric omitting the S for a mysterious but maybe significant reason?
We were hanging out under this tree and she was trying to eat the berries from my arms...hahaha
Posted by Jenny at 9:54 AM
16 November 2010
It's been awhile.
I had some time today, and this was on my mind. Time isn't that free anymore, you would think since I lost my job I'd have time to do this kind of thing, but it's just the opposite. Zoe and school don't allow me to sit still (unless I'm reading a textbook while she sleeps).
Things are really, really good. The holiday season is upon us, and I've been in my element with the Autumn. It's my favorite season by far. Christmas shopping for Zoe has been easy, we've already stock piled toys in our basement.
BJ got a new job, one that pays better and treats him better, all around. That is a big relief. He deserves it. I'm so grateful that he works hard for our family so we can keep living while I'm out of work.
Being home with Zoe was really rough for me at first. It was a shock to the system, and I doubted my ability to do it (happily). After a week or two, I feel so happy to be home with her. It takes more out of me than my body was used to. I've stepped it up with eating better and working out every day. Morning stretching is key for all the bending over and time on my feet I spend all day long. We have so much fun. I take her to daycare 1-2 days a week so I can clean and do homework. You would think I'd revel in this time, but I always feel pretty empty all day alone and miss her something fierce.
Anyway, about three month have passed since I've updated this thing. A lot has happened, but I wont try to fit an ocean in a paper cup, so I'll just give you what's going on now.
Zoe is really obsesssed with pumpkins. She calls them pokes, and she kisses them all the time and tries to feed them her food or binkie.
She learned about Santa this weekend, but sometimes calls him "Satan"... hehehe
She continues to be crazy about shoes and boots (and saying those two words)
Anyway, I'm sure there is more but I think she might be waking up.
Here are some pictures!
Posted by Jenny at 5:26 PM
17 August 2010
Well, to be lucid – I recently gambled hard and volunteered a considerable pay-cut so I could focus on the rest of my life.
You know, the one moving at express velocity without me as I sit at my desk counting money and printing reports.
I have a Human Biology lecture at 5 on Monday's starting next week,
so I figured it would be good to take the entire day off with child.
It will be nice to get back to the maddening and exhilarating world of academia.
And for Fall to set in.
I feel its suggestion in the air now and then,
and it’s a complete tease, has my mind wandering and ready to take the last of Summer for granted.
When summer has been nothing but good to me.
Yesterday was the beginning of this new schedule where I just don’t work on Monday
it was brilliant.
We slept in bed together until 10AM
I set the coffee on
Made her breakfast
Cleaned in general
Against numerous temptations, I refrained from updating Facebook status with my Zoe mania.
The cuteness refuses to cease, ceases to surprise me and makes me laugh my ass off.
What is it about being a mother that forces the terrible need to share these things with people that don’t care?
Maybe I’ll start her a private twitter.
Posted by Jenny at 2:17 PM
09 August 2010
Not yesterday, but the Sunday prior, we went up to the Park City Silly Market. I would like to thank Park City for keeping me sane. Throughout my poor adult life it has acted as "pretend vacation" when I need one. It's nice to get up there and hang out with all the yuppies now and then and get away from the Wessiiiide.
Posted by Jenny at 2:16 PM
06 August 2010
My friend Mimi invited me to a soundcheck/lunch she won from a radio station. I blindly followed, not really knowing what to expect.
I want to hesitate to say "it was my favorite concer EVER!!!!" because in the back of my mind I wonder if there is another concert from the past that I'm overlooking. It's not unlike me to fall head over heels with live music and obsess over it for the following week. But...maybe I'll be bold and make that statement. It was (probably) my favorite concert. Ever. So far.
The day began when Mimi and I drove up the canyon on a boiling summer afternoon discussing death and funerals. We got lost when we got to Deer Valley, but eventually located our venue after I got help from the hotel clerk. We arrived, met up with her friend Lyndsee, got a free boxed lunch and sat down among about 15 other radio winners to watch the sound check. The bass was rumbling in my chest, the venue was breath-taking, I hadn't realized it was going to be like this. I knew then that it was ON.
This type of music will effortlessly cause most live bodies to move, it’s just a natural reaction. Everyone was dancing with everyone, as the night went on strangers turned to friends/dancing buddies. Everyone around us was so kind and so happy. Mid-concert Michael came out to the crowd yet again (hella denser this time) and played a few songs at the back of the amphitheatre so the latecomers could have an intimate concert too. That is when the sky began slightly sprinkling erratically. For the closing song, they played the most popular "Say Hey (I Love You)"... (all of his songs are feelgood soulshine type, but this one is probably the most feelgood soulshine song of EVER) he invited children and old people up on stage with him. At one point in the song a couple jumped up on stage and the dude proposed. She said yes and they stayed on stage dancing so feverishly to the music. It started to rain harder at this point. I stopped bouncing around for a second to watch the newly engaged couple move so passionately and blissfully together, still on the stage, and almost started crying, it was such a sweet moment for them, for us all, to share. The song went on, and the sky emptied itself without restraint all over us. We continued to dance and sing, soaked and slippery. We threw a little fort together with the blanket to protect our electronics, and the moment the concert was over we hastily drew together our soggy belongings and scampered for the safety of the Subaru (mostly because we were worried about my camera). As we were running I suddenly felt a tug and a sudden extra weight at the bottom of the blanket that I was holding, but I didn’t bother to look at what it was since it was dark and there were so many distractions. When I got into the car, I pulled the blanket up to see what the weight dangling at the end of it was and it was my clutch with all my stuff in it – iPhone, debit card, drivers license, etc. Holy crap. I can’t believe it fell out of the camera case I was carrying it in and somehow snagged on the blanket on it’s way to the ground. Had it fallen to the ground and I had lost it, it would have spoiled my experience of this night…but it didn’t! It further reinforced my love and appreciation for it all.
It’s been like 10 days and the high from this concert still hasn’t completely worn off.
And yeah, I carry the laptop around my house blaring Michael Franti.
I also listen to him all day at work.
I think I'm obsessed!
Thank you for this memory.
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