I’m up early before Emma is up and at ’em, hoping to get some online stuff done before I hear the little banshee scream (where did she learn that???). Before I had kids, I had no idea that they could have so much personality at such a young age! Right now Emma communicates with us chiefly through spitting. It’s SO cute. But I know it’s going to backfire as she gets older so we try not to encourage it. Okay, so we encourage it. Because it’s CUTE. Come on, nobody else does things like this with their kids?

Emma’s reaction to my Wii Olympics antics (video)

I had a great, refreshing weekend. I needed it, I was starting to get majorly grumpy from having no “me time”. My husband was so sweet and took care of the baby for a few hours on Saturday AND Sunday! I have a wonderful hubby. :-) Course I think they napped much of the time on both days… but still! I think this would be an appropriate time to say “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” ;-)

Anyway, Saturday I went shopping with my best friend Ranae at Fred Meyer – we went to the Starbucks in the store and sat and talked for about an hour – that was so nice! I love Starbucks, it always smells so good. Then we walked around and managed to find treasures (fingerless gloves) and I bought some Burt’s Bees eye cream for the first time in my life, lol. I love it, it really helps with puffy “mommy” eyes.
After Fred Meyer, we headed to an Asian market (Ranae needed a tea there). Those places are really something! So much atmosphere, you feel like you’ve stepped into Japan. People speaking but you can’t understand, EVERYTHING around you is foreign and totally fascinating – all the products are in Japanese (or Chinese? I have no idea…). Ranae would pick up a product to read the ingredients and then remember there wasn’t any English on the box. At the checkout, you’re surrounded by candy as usual, but all of it is new and colorful. And cute! I saw some kind of coconut jelly (doesn’t sound appetizing), tiny chocolate faces, and blueberry and strawberry chocolate bars. Sometime I would like to try some of it, just for fun. The back wall is covered in different kinds of rice (yum!) and I left the market half expecting to be transported to a different country. But it was still America (thank goodness).

I don’t really know how I feel about traveling. I think I’m a little afraid of the different people and laws and such. Maybe that’s natural, though? I don’t want nervousness to stop me from traveling and experiencing new things. But maybe when I first travel out of America I’ll go for England. Where they speak English. Or a form of it. ;-)

From I Love Lucy when the Ricardos and the Mertzes visit England: I’m sorry, we’re Americans – we don’t understand English.

Oh and the Wii Mommies Olympics! That was a blast! It totally re-motivated me – I hope we do it again. :-) I got two bronze medals – one in Soccer Heading and one in the 10-minute Hula Hoop event. Sweet! I really think I could have done better if my wonderful hubby hadn’t bugged me, haha. And I felt guilty for competing while my friend was visiting (though she didn’t mind). ;-) Still, it was a blast! I hear that there might be a bowling event coming up… sounds fun!

Yesterday my husband and I went over the finances. Fun. Not. :-/ Well, as depressing as it was, we have a good plan to get out of debt and that’s encouraging. I’ve been trying to figure out how I can cut down on our monthly bills and found it wasn’t that hard once I had a good picture of where our money is going. Starbucks… haha. Okay, that’s not a monthly expense, it’s more like a splurge every now and then. A splurge that helps me keep my sanity and makes me feel human again.

I’m reading Wondrous Strange by Leslie Livingston right now – it’s YA fantasy and interesting. It’s funny that I went straight from Bones of Faerie to this because they both focus on faeries and a land of Faerie being intertwined with modern times. They’re not the best I’ve read on the subject, but are rather diverting. ;-) I’ll have reviews up soon.

I’m ready to cut way back on the review books – I miss reading for my own pleasure! I have an old copy of Gone With the Wind on my nightstand right now and I glance longingly at it as I pass by every night, dutifully bringing a review book with me. I think we’ve defeated the purpose if reading becomes “work”. I haven’t really come across anything outstanding since The Shape of Mercy. Well actually, Age Before Beauty was very very good, and Kiss. Okay, maybe I’m just tired. ;-) I think it’s easy to get burned out when you’re struggling to finish a book for review but your heart isn’t really in it anymore. We all experience that, though. The main problem is that I’m in such a hurry to get to the next book that I can’t entirely enjoy the good books I come across. So I’m only requesting books by authors I’m familiar with. I need self-control! lol

Anyway, can you believe I haven’t read Gone With the Wind yet? Unforgivable, I know.

What are you reading right now?



2 Responses to Wii Olympics Fun, Me Time, Asian Markets, and Literary Update

  • Honestly, I didn’t even pick up a book (unless it was about parenting) until my girls were over a year old. I’m just now reading again, and it feels GOOD! I joined a book discussion group, which has been fun and interesting. I’m reading books I wouldn’t normally, which is a good exercise for the brain.

  • I actually found Gone with the Wind to be a little boring. The movie was fantastic, but the novel… well. I won’t spoil it for you.

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