When all else fails and I have not blogged in a while- there is always the brain dump.
1. How about this weather? Mid-80’s for the high, in the middle of October. WTH. It seems I was premature on busting out the flannel sheets and down comforter a couple of weeks ago.
The up side is that I got to go through my clothes and bag up a bunch of warm-weather stuff I didn’t wear much and pass it on elsewhere. I am way into doing that sort of thing, as you may know.
2. I’m back to a cash system for some of our budget areas. Time to curb some of that impulse spending. There is nothing like going back through my credit card statement and adding up all of those little purchases to the tune of hundreds of dollars for the month of September… I am a pretty firm believer that knowledge is power, even if it made me slightly sick to my stomach to see the final tally.
I maintain that sometimes you gotta throw money at the problem, but this last stretch has gotten out of hand. I withdrew cash for my personal spending, spending for the kids, and home purchases. We have a debit account for our groceries, which keeps me on track with my spending there every month.
3. I read 11 books in September and have read 5 so far this month. I read I Let You Go in a day, because I got all sucked in before realizing it was a suspense/thriller type book (never ever what I like to read). But I had to know what happened! Other notables: A Man Called Ove, The One in a Million Boy, Scary Close, Before We Visit the Goddess, and Love Warrior*. All brought to you by your local public library. Scary Close and Love Warrior are both memoirs and I liked a lot about both of them. Hate to say it, but I didn’t actually LOVE Love Warrior. Just liked it. No offense, Oprah.
*I am not linking to all of those titles on Amazon because I am lazy.
4. A few other factors that have allowed for extra reading time: my rad husband took the three oldest kids on two separate camping trips. I went to Bermuda with my dad, sister, and numero tres for four days (what is this life I am living?!?!) And I am mostly staying off Facebook during the weekdays. (Here’s where I am embarrassed about how much time I have given over to Facebook, ESPECIALLY during election season. That does not serve me well.)
5. I have said something to this effect before, but I increasingly see life on the other side. We are in the last stretch of diapers, nap times, 5 point harness car seats, and frantic bedtime searches for the lovey. We are crossing over into more independence and into some headier parenting. It’s not just kneeling down to break up a fight over a toy; it is also talking about anxiety and uncertain friendships and “I’m not sure I believe in God” sort of things. It is bittersweet, for sure.
My kids are extremely fun little humans and I am so thankful for our little crew here. What a crazy gift (and responsibility) to be their mom.