But it looks like things will be calming down, at least for a while... at least at home, and for that I am grateful. I feel like I've been running myself down, down, down, and it's probably having an impact on my mood. A little relaxation, insofar as I can relax when there's always more work to be done, should do me good. When I get a chance, I hope to do a review of this past weekend, which was so much fun and such a counterpoint to our life lately. Until then, here's a rundown of some of the other things going on:
The Garden: We have two gardens, one in the back yard and one that takes up half of the front yard a la Food Not Lawns. Unfortunately both have proven disappointing this year and last year wasn't much better. Working for someone else has meant a lot less time for garden maintenance, but that's not all. Ants have taken up residence under both gardens and refuse to leave, which means that all of our plans, last year and this year, have been anemic. What's the point of having a garden that hardly produces anything? The BabbyDaddy and I have been tossing around the idea of keeping the front garden (which would be manageable as a working garden) and sodding over the back garden so there will be more room for kicking balls around and a Slip 'N Slide. At least we got raspberries this year...
The FutureBabby: I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for all the kind words and reassurance I received after my last post. While I'm still going to talk to my midwives about how I've been feeling, it's nice to know that I'm not at all alone in those feelings. I suppose it just never occurred to me that not all women everywhere have warm and fuzzy feelings toward their fetuses - but as it turns out, they don't and that's okay. In other news, it is still kicking my guts and I have a scan in about a week and a half to check my cervical length. NOT at the city hospital, thank goodness. In the meanwhile, we're all set with our future double stroller.
Projects: I have some irons in the fire, and they're actually heating up. I feel like I shouldn't give too much away about what I'm working on - but I can't tell if it's superstition or if I'm worried about someone stealing my idea. Suffice it to say, there are things happening in my professional life that go beyond the day-to-day marketing grind. And I'm finally working on my memoir. There. Now I'm accountable to all of you, even if I am being deliberately vague. If you don't hear about any launches in late fall or full-length edits by the end of the year, I hope all of you - yes, all of you - will get on my butt.
The Other: Summer? Yes. More than the usual number of popsicles have been eaten, sometimes before they can melt down fingers and drip onto dresses. The pool is filled almost every day. We bought another AC for guests. The fans are cranking overtime and there have even been days I've thought about going into the office, just for the icy temperatures. Hot... oh, yes. But the heat has been the perfect excuse for making lattes at home and spending more time at the beach in one month than we have any other summer. In the cool of evenings, when the BabbyDaddy has been home, we've been taking P. out to practice with her "wobble bike". It's heartwarming to see how proud it makes her to roll around the neighborhood. My usually quite little lady has no qualms about telling every grownup we pass that she's practicing!
Hope you all have a beautiful week!