Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Phew! Been gone for a while!

Hm. So it seems I skipped a whole week in here. I don't even really remember what I did last week. I know Mike had Thursday off because it was Remembrance Day. I had intended to get a chunk of homework done that day, but Mike did his work instead, so I was stuck. But I'm happy to say that even though my assignment is due today, I managed to get it done and submitted by Saturday afternoon. Phew. I only have two assignments left; one more month of work. Then I have to decide whether to accept their invitation into the next level, or whether to dive in and work on my book. Hm.

One significant thing that happened last week is the snow finally hit. I am not thrilled about it, but mainly because I dread the driving. Other than that, the blanket of white made it quite pretty here, and yesterday we had thick, white hoarfrost covering all our trees and it looks beautiful...kind of like Narnia.

Today I had two of my nieces here all morning and part of the afternoon. The boys had fun. Cody, in particular. Jamie pretty much stuck to himself, in typical Jamie fashion. Now I am finally sitting down and having a hard time staying awake.

As far as noteworthy moments for the blog, two come to mind. Micah raided the pantry again a few days ago and found a large box of spaghetti noodles. He pulled the box down and dumped the whole thing on the floor. It was basically brand new. We don't eat a lot of spaghetti, so it's safe to say that box probably could have lasted us a whole year. Being that the area he dumped it in is where Radar sleeps at night, I had no inclination to salvage any of it. Micah bawled when it happened. I think he knew he had done something wrong and he felt guilty. I left it there for Mike to see when he got home. When he arrived, he came in the door by the pantry because he had groceries to bring in. He saw the mess and laughed. Micah happened to be standing right there. Mike said, "Did you do this?" and Micah just looked at him and said, "Uh oh!" It was pretty cute.

Then, a couple of days ago when I got up in the morning, I discovered cat barf outside our bedroom door at the end of the hall. Cat barf is a part of life around here, as one of our cats is bulimic, though you can't tell by looking at her. Anyway, she had left three piles of barf for us, which was lovely. The only difference between the three piles was that Jamie had taken a rolling pin to the one outside my bedroom. Seriously. I'm sure the act was perfectly natural on his part. Jamie doesn't think the way the rest of us do. Somewhere in his beautiful little mind, it made perfect sense to go to the kitchen and find a rolling pin so he could deal with Tabu's mess. I think I'll be throwing it in the garbage. I mean, technically I could wash it, but I noticed it has a crack in it and that makes it a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. I might have thrown it out already. I don't remember. If not, that's on my agenda soon!

Other than that, it's life as usual around here. Breaking up fights. Being called names. Dealing with potty training and diapers and preschool and making meals and trying to keep this place clean. Yesterday I had an epiphany about my job here. What I do is similar to being a janitor at a garbage dump. It's impossible. As you clean, people come along and mess up everything you just did, or make it worse than ever. And so, I forge on, doing my best to keep this place from looking like a dump and trying not to think about the futility of my actions when I clean...especially the floor. But, the job is not without its perks either. I get to cuddle my boys on a daily basis. I have an excuse to bake cookies whenever I feel like it. I can wear my pyjama bottoms all day if I want to. I can read a good book in my quiet moments, when they occur. I even get to nap once in a while...though not often! I think the benefits outweigh the dark moments, even though sometimes I want to get in my vehicle, alone, and drive as far away from here as possible. And as I type that, I hear an adorable 15-month-old voice chatting happily from his crib. Time to get him up from his nap. I'm off for now.

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