Lately, I’ve been trying to stop grumbling (so much) about Oregon (but THE WEATHER!) and focus on the good things. It’s come to my attention that I live here now, and my negative attitude may be getting in the way of feeling more content on a daily basis.
One of the small things I’m trying to do is appreciate my new preschool commute. My son just recently started going (and saved my sanity), and so I make the short 10 minute trip 6 times a week now. I’ve noticed that the commute is quite lovely. It’s on a back road that winds between evergreen trees and other non-evergreen trees that were bright reds, yellows, and oranges a few weeks ago. Sure, there are pot holes that emerge daily and I drive through a construction site and there’s one low-lying part that I’m terrified will end up flooding at some point during the year…but honestly, I’m trying to see these things as part of the adventure.
NaBloPoMo Day 3
The hubs and I are sick.
And, man, it sucks.
Being sick on a regular day sucks, but it sucks harder when you’re a parent. And even harder when both parents are sick at the same time. It’s the suckiest.
Both of us have been coughing and sneezing and hacking and gagging that my toddler thinks this is a new game. Even though he’s still healthy (I have no idea how he hasn’t gotten our viral plague as of yet), he’s started fake coughing because he thinks it’s now the cool thing to do. If this goes on much longer, we’ll have given our son some sort of complex.
We’ve been cooped up for several days now, and I’m not sure how much longer we can hold out. Our produce is almost gone, we’ve dipped into my NyQuil reserves (this is not a joke), and we might be sick of each other.
As a SAHM and an introvert who is prone to self-isolation, the social commitments I make for my son and I each week are crucial to my sanity, and when one of us is sick, we can’t go talk to the other humans. And that makes mommy something-something. So the only silver lining is that, this week, my husband is home sick too. WOO! PLAGUE PARTY!! We can sneeze the Overture of 1812 better than Ferris Bueller’s keyboard. Seriously, it has been nice to have him home with us, because at least I don’t have to sick-parent a well-kid all by me onesie.
However, this situation has also given way to arguments over who is sicker, and thus who gets a free pass from parenting the not-sick, full-energy child. My partner may or may not have said that he’s so sick that he’s not at work and deserves a break. And I may or may not have said that I AM STILL AT WORK EVEN THOUGH I AM SICK AND I DESERVE TO POOP ALONE. And then we agreed to disagree after the argument devolved into a mutual coughing fit.
In related illness news: I discovered that I can now hit Adele’s sexy, sexy low notes. I’d better get this down in the studio before my immune system decides to wake the fuck up. Also, after visually confirming that my voice wasn’t coming from a would-be creepy male kidnapper, the hubs told me that I should start a late night sexy-talk line (that’s what they’re called, right?) and use the alias Bernice in order to earn a little extra cash. You know, for our kid’s college fund. Or so I can buy some more NyQuil.
I think I’m gonna try this NaBloPoMo thing. I think. Maybe.
(NaBloPoMo = National Blog Posting Month. I’m already really tired of typing that, so maybe I should just shorten it to NBPM.)
It all started when I saw WP’s The Daily Post about it, and I thought, Hey. November is almost here. I’d kinda like to be a writer. I’m unemployed outside the home and I enjoy typing in my pajamas. And I don’t have a newborn this year! And that was all I had to hear of my own voice before I convinced myself to take the plunge. Although I totally should have done it last year when I did have a newborn, and I could have pledged to type all– wait, how many days in November? Only 30! Yaaaasss! –all 30 days one-handed whilst breastfeeding. Now that would have been impressive.
And I’ve gone and announced my intentions publicly, so now I’m really on the hook. Once I stop to think about what I’ve gone and done, this should be interesting. And by interesting I mean I might fail, because I only have about two ideas for blog posts, and I plan to travel (read: fly) back to California for Thanksgiving with my walking-like-crazy toddler (pray for me, y’alls, pray for me) and so I may miss a few days here and there. Or, my perfectionist self will yell, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!, so determined not to miss a day, I’ll be forced to attempt to use the WP app to post a frantic picture of myself wanting to melt into the terminal floor and die at the airport. You won’t want to miss it.
Get ready for 30 days of run-on sentences!! I can’t wait.