I have completely given up on organizing my thoughts enough to create cohesive posts on one single theme. Hence, you get a random list.
1. Some of you may have seen yesterday that an article I wrote about Whole30 got shared by HuffPo, thus attracting the attention of Melissa Hartwig, the creator of Whole30. Imagine my surprise and delight when she messaged me directly on my BBT Facebook page and said, “Good job!”
But because I can’t let good things just be good, I immediately started stressing out over this whole chain of events. You see, this all happened because my coworker needed a story to feature on Maria Rodale’s blog (Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen). I’ve written various articles for that blog before, and some have been shared on LinkedIn and even HuffPo once. One of those articles even got someone from RedTricycle to reach out and ask if I’d like to become a contributor, but so far nothing ever came of that.
Anyway, I wrote the article on Whole30 because that’s what I was thinking about, but honestly I could have done so much better. I wish I would have edited it more, spent more time on it, really thought deeply about the ten best tips… all things I would have done had I known Melissa freaking Hartwig was going to read it!! And now my blog is getting all these views and likes and I just feel like it needs an overhaul, like, yesterday. So hopefully this is motivation to get my act together and finally update this space. Can I get a redo on this whole event, please? Because as a writer, I’ve been phoning it in for months now, and that just wasn’t my best work. Dammit.
2. I alluded to something exciting in the works and it did finally happen. Eric has a new job and starts on Monday, woo! Not only is this a new job… it’s his dream job. 100% work from home, making more money than we could have hoped for, and actually doing work that he claims he will love. I am thrilled for him, of course, and for what this means for our family… less stress about money, finally paying down debt, always having someone at home for inevitable events like appliance repair and package deliveries. I’m hoping it will also make him a happier person because he won’t have road rage after an hour commute.
Actually, the whole thing feels too good to be true, which is why I’m worrying that something will go wrong any minute. Some paperwork snag, some small issue that will prevent the job from happening. So before I muse on it any further (and I have plenty to muse on, since him getting this job has allowed me more space to think about following my own dreams and what that might look like), I’m going to stop, cross my fingers, and pray that all goes smoothly. If you have the time and inclination, please hope and pray with me.
3. I’ve become slightly more obsessed with real estate lately, which I didn’t think was possible. I was already at the point of checking real estate apps more often than I checked Facebook but now that potentially affording a new house is a reality, my compulsion has reached a fever pitch. It’s actually funny because I don’t really want to find the perfect house yet since we are still many months away from being ready to move… it’s almost like I’m checking to make sure it’s not there. And I just enjoy looking, you know?
We had our realtor over for dinner the other night (over the years, he’s become a friend), and he and I spent literally four hours poring over listings that we liked and didn’t like, pulling comps for my house and discussing the updates that I should and shouldn’t do, discussing crazy home buyers and sellers, and drinking wine. It was honestly some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Eric eventually got bored and left the room, popping back into the kitchen only occasionally to exclaim, “Are you two seriously still looking at houses?!”
Hanging out with Ben makes me wonder if I should get into real estate but the thing that holds me back is that I’m unsure if I like house hunting in general, or if I just like looking at houses and dreaming of my life in them (which wouldn’t make me a very good realtor at all). I don’t think I would like things like inspections and closings and paperwork. Still, it’s an interesting thought…
4. This eyebrow artist who my mom swears by told me that my eyebrows look like commas and now when I look in the mirror, that’s all I can think about.
5. So many people have private messaged me about doing a Whole30 that I was thinking of starting a private Facebook page so we could all do it together in September. Any of you interested? Let me know. I feel personally excited and responsible for every person I recruit to this amazing program.
6. We are going camping this weekend and I have like zero motivation over the whole thing. I did not shop or meal plan and now I’m not sure what’s going to happen. But the campground is literally 20 minutes from my house so I figure worst case scenario, if I forget something vital I can run home and come back in under an hour.
7. Molly amazes me. She is just… brilliant. I’ve started to get used to having full conversations with her and yet it still blows me away when she grasps some kind of concept that’s well beyond what I would expect a 2-year-old to comprehend.
Like the other night, when there was a thunderstorm. She and I were cuddling in my bed and talking about how thunder is loud and it was very dark outside. Then she curled up against me, laid her little head on my chest and said, “Mommy, I’m safe.”
She also never stops talking. I figure it’s payback for when I was a little older than she was and never stopped talking, ever. When I tune out and I’m not paying full attention to her she says, “Mommmmmy, I’m talkin’ to you!”
I love that girl.
8. It’s funny how different kids can be. Remember how Molly never crawled, she just scooted around in her own special way and then started walking? Well, Liam is a crawler. He went from tentative creeping to zipping around the house at lightning speed in the space of about a week. And unlike baby Molly, he is into EVERYTHING. He wants to play in the fireplace, pull on the hair dryer cord, and handle the toilet brush (ew). He has an obsession with putting shoes in his mouth (double ew). He also decided that he is not a baby, he’s a big boy, and has started staunchly refusing baby food. He eats everything we eat and for any given meal, eats about double what Molly eats. He’s up to 21 lbs and a lot of his 9 month outfits don’t fit anymore. Meanwhile, Molly weighs 24 lbs. At the beach when we had them both in the wagon we had multiple people ask if they were twins.
Also he’s a total mama’s boy, which I love. The smiles he reserves just for me are basically the best thing ever.
9. I’ve recently become an expert at imaginary home decorating. If you’ve never tried it, you should! Here’s how it works: you sit in a room of your home and stare at all the things you don’t like. You envision what needs to change to make the room pretty (New rug! Restain the mantel! Built-in bookcases!). Then you go about your life knowing that you have neither the time nor the money to fix any of it. The end.
10. Speaking of home decorating, I just found the Young House Love blog and it’s killing me slowly. I am completely enamored by them and everything they do. I even had a dream last night about cleaning grout based on a post of theirs I read. Their podcast is a little obnoxious but I listen anyway because that’s how much I love them.
That’s all I have for today. Until next time…