I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve been here and blogged.
My only excuse is that I’ve been crazy busy. I’ve been working my azz off (literally. The other day I got myself into size 10 jeans. I didn’t have to lay down to get them zipped. I could still breathe when they were fastened. I’m pretty sure I could have sat down, but I didn’t try that.). I have taken the promotion that was offered to me, much to the sadness of both me and my current boss, but it has meant a dramatic increase in my work hours.
I’ve even broken a MAJOR rule of mine and I’ve been doing work at home. My dad used to do that. It drove the entire family crazy–he’d work until about 7PM (after going in at 5AM) and as soon as dinner was finished, he’d haul out his briefcase and work until about 10, then go to bed and get up at 4AM to start it all over again. I swore I would never have a job that would require me to work AFTER I left work. Heh. And then I was a pastor, which meant I never got to leave work–pastoring isn’t really a profession you can just be from 9-5. You’re pretty much a pastor 24/7. Then I got this job and, well: let’s just say this apple didn’t fall too far from her tree. But it takes a lot of work to get a store up and running–and this store is at the Mall of America, and the company is putting HUGE pressure on us to be spot. on. 100%. perfect. Because in a lot of ways: the company will be judged by what we do at our store. Great. No pressure. But it means work at home.
But I’m learning so much–and I’m always happiest when I’m busy and learning new stuff. This decision (while a difficult one to make) has been nothing but a good one for us. AND, as of June 1: HELLO, HEALTH INSURANCE! It’s babymaking time in Beegeland. And there’s nothing that doesn’t make me smile about that.
The other night while Nea was in the bath, she shocked me by announcing, “Daddy has a penis. Mama has a bagina like NeiNei–‘cept Mama’s bagina is brown and NeiNei’s bagina is pink.” Not even two and a half-years old, folks. And sure, we’ve taught her the correct names for her body parts (I really didn’t want her to refer to her vagina as a “hoo-ha” or “noonie” or “down there”. Good Lord, it’s no less shameful to have a penis or a vagina than it is to have an elbow or an ankle) but we haven’t really tallyed up the differences for her. Clearly, it would have been time wasted if we had. She’s got it all figured out. And she’s got the verbal acuity to express what she’s got figured out. Lucky us.
When we were in Portland for Grandpa’s funeral, my family all piled into the car to go somewhere. Mom was driving and she hit a speed bump at a pretty good clip and bounced us around a bit. Nea’s response? “Oh my GOSH. Nice driving.” Mom had to park the car because she was laughing so hard. My girl? Not only can she talk like a four year old, but she’s mastered the delicate art of sarcasm. Mom said she’d never have believed that Linnea could talk like that if she hadn’t heard it herself. Like I’ve been lying to her all these months on the phone about what Linnea says.
Today for lunch I made chili dogs. I’ve been missing Sonic like crazy, lately. Must be the change of season–the warmer weather, the longer days. But something has been crying out for a chili-cheese dog and tots for about a week now. I finally thought, “Good Lord. It’s not complicated! It’s a hotdog with chili and cheese on it for crap’s sake.” So I did it today. And it was good. Not quite right–being as I was lacking the Route 44 Diet Limeade for my beverage. But it appeased whatever little beasty was growling for a chili cheese dog. Finally.
Crochet: going well. I’m pretty sure I’m nowhere near ready to tackle the sushi toilet roll cover. But I’ve made a lovely beginning of a double-crochet scarf for Nea. Not liking crochet as well I as like knitting, because it’s much slower and takes a ton more yarn. But for something different and new and challenging: I’m liking it. Today a dear friend of mine is coming over. Being as it’s a rainy, drizzly, chilly day we’re going to have soup and wine and knit. Perfection.