Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It's Another......

Snow Day!

These get to be less of a novelty as the season progresses, but still, it's rather lovely to have an excuse to stay home and snuggle in. I need to move further from work so I can take snow days off too! Today I'm heading home from work to quickly pack!

We're off to soak up some sunshine with a quick trip to San Diego. After the sad trip we had in November, we're ready for some rest and a little fun. One of these days we need to make it up further north to visit some of our friends and family up in LA & SF too. But for now, I'm excited to be visiting my home town again, especially since half my heart still lives there with those I love.

I guess I'm a little over stimulated, because I'm really soaking up the silence today again. The office is quiet, the phone isn't ringing, and the snow seems to muffle everything. With the nasty driving conditions, not too many people are on the road....lovin that quiet!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The blessed sound of.....


Before I became a mother, I don't think I was aware of how important quiet time and solitude are to me. I think people's needs for this vary, and I didn't know until more recently how vital it is to my well being.

Before Helena, back in my working days in San Diego, I never really lacked alone time. I worked a lot, so did Patrick, and although there were certainly times that, due to our divergent schedules, I didn't get enough Patrick time, it was rare that I didn't get enough me time.

Today, after 3 weeks of my family passing around colds and the stomach flu (and let me tell you, when 3 people have to fight for one toilot, it's not pretty!), I'm keenly aware of how badly I need to be alone for a bit.

It, this need for alone time, that is, comes on something like a virus. First, I start to feel vaguly off, uncomfortable in my own skin. Next it progresses to a general crabbiness, for which I feel guilty because often my husband and daughter are being delightful and doing nothing to warrent my grump. Finally, if let go too far without antidote, it progesses into all out bitchiness witchiness, sometimes in the form of things that I say and ways that I behave, often in just the things in my head that I'm trying hard not to say, because I already regret thinking them.

The cure for this is always simple, and yet sometimes seemingly impossible. Some alone time, totally quiet, no conversations, no one to answer to. Sometimes I can acheive this by staying up a bit late or getting up a bit early. But when illness stikes our household, my daughter knows when I'm awake and seems always to wake up about 5 minutes after me.

So I have to get more creative. Today I'm at work...alone! There are 1000 others things I would rather do while alone than be at work. But it's quiet. It's mid January and the promised down season seems finally to have arrived. The phone isn't ringing, there are no emails to be answered, and my boss is blissfully, finally, over the stomach flu too and out at a meeting. So I'm going to work alone and enjoy these blissfully quiet moments.

I haven't made any New Year's resolutions per say, but a goal I have is to somehow carve out enough quiet time that I don't catch that nasty virus anyone more. A little emotional perventative care for me goes a long way!

Friday, January 16, 2009

More projects....

We've been slowing working at more projects, at a much more sedate pace than last month. Here are some...

In our office, we had a door leading actually leads to the hall that would head to the upstairs portion of our house, if it were not split into 2 apartments. So the door was missing and just boarded up with chip board behind it. It looked horrible, so Patrick took an old hollow door we'd removed from somewhere and painted it with chalkboard paint. Helena loves it, and it give her something fun to do while I'm working in the office.

Last spring, before I started working, Helena & I were regular attendees of our local library's preschool story hour. As a group we worked our way through the entire alphabet through the school year, and each week the parents were charged with bringing a snack beginning with that week's letter. We had V week, and in a pinch, I scrambled for an idea and came up with Violet Cupcakes. Helena remembered them recently, and wanted to make them again. I think we added more blue last time, and had a truer violet color. Still, lots of fun.

Yesterday, Helena and I began making Valentine's Day cards, part of my plan to be better organized and working on these things in advance, instead of at the last minute. I bought a few acrylic stamps and some stamp blocks at JoAnns the other day, and away we went. We worked happily on them for a few hours, and will do more over the next few weeks.

I finally finished the curtains for our living room. I got this fabric for $2/yard on clearance at JoAnns several years ago. I didn't know what I would do with it, but am thrilled to have my 3 windows covered for about $20.

Next on the list? I hope to recover these disreputable looking pillows. Patrick brought them to our relationship 15 years ago, and they were faded then. Now, some have holes. I've been planning to recover them ever since, and......

Some Holiday Highlights....

I'm home tonight, still battling the vestiges of the stomach flu and about to couch potato and watch a movie, but thought I'd post a few holiday photos....

First of all, meet Luna, our 12 week old kitten, and Helena's favorite holiday gift!
By the way, she's currently trying to climb up my sweater....

Tasting snow after one of our big December dumps....

Life is about tasting everything, especially cookie dough!

Our little family Christmas Eve Dinner. With Patrick's help, I made a standing rib roast for the first time, with creamed horseradish and brussel sprouts. It was Amazingly good. Helena loved it, and just asked for the "beefy roast" again the other day!

Our Christmas tree!

Christmas morning!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mommy (& Daddy!) moments...

This is quickie post-we got sick in rounds after the holidays and now I'm miles behind on everything, but I stumbled on this today and laughed my head off. Have SO been there, think teething! I think any parent can probably relate to this one! Have a great day!