Sunday, December 21, 2014

OK Then I'm Writing About Nothing Again

You know how sometimes you manage to find a perfect quiet moment where everyone in the house is sleeping, even the dogs, which when you have three dogs is pretty much a miracle?

And you are sitting at the computer thinking about blogging and you are mulling over all these genius amazing ideas that are going to be the best thing you have ever written ever because you finally have a quiet house full of sleeping people and animals?  And you made hot chocolate.  For the love.  You made hot chocolate on the stove -- not even in the microwave.  THE STOVE.

And you lit a nice Christmas candle and the sky is just beginning to lighten and it's the quietest, most peaceful moment you have had in weeks and you think THIS IS FINALLY IT.  I am going to WRITE.

You know how sometimes that happens?

If you do, you  know what happens next.

The chihuahua comes tiptoeing into the room which means the 12 year old is up (at 7:15?  on a Sunday?  WHY??????) which means the insane pit bull mix is going to follow the chihuahua and the other pit bull mix (probably not as much pit bull but enough already) is going to get weird and jealous and possibly start a squabble which means you have to get up and break it up.

And just when that seems taken care of and the 12 year old is just sitting on the couch staring into space and you think "THIS IS IT, here are my few minutes of peace and quiet" the cell phone rings.

And who is calling?  This is weird.  Caller ID says it's the 12 year old's phone.  Even though he is sitting on the couch without his phone.

So you answer it because why not.  You watched a movie about aliens last night.  Maybe it's Tom Cruise calling.

No.  Not Tom Cruise trying to recruit you to Scientology.

It's The Husband calling to see if you can lock up the crazy pit bull mix so the cat can come out.  

That's when you say "Ok then.  I'll just blog about nothing."  

So you do.

Then you shut the lap top.  Make breakfast.  Force yourself to start planning the Christmas dinner menu since you were dumb enough to invite the mothers over.  Try and figure out when you can walk the dogs -- before or after church.  Try not to panic about the yoga class you are subbing tonight and wonder if it's worth wrapping presents before Christmas Eve since the dogs will just destroy them and also why is the 12 year old STILL COUGHING LIKE HE HAS PNEUMONIA and will the 16 year old be better by Christmas Day (he turned up sick yesterday) and why hasn't the cat come out already? 

You do all that and you hope that all those ideas that were floating around in your head somehow stay there, mixed in with all the holiday madness and goodness.  You keep thinking that it will still be there and it will make it on the page if you keep getting your ass in a chair in front of a screen or a piece of paper.  It will be there and it will be even better because of the dogs and the coughing and the crazy holiday madness and the family and the love.  It will still always be there and it will just get better.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday - Catching Up This Is Really Random

How in denial about Christmas am I?

We've stopped turning the numbers on our countdown thingie.

I should show you a picture but I don't trust myself to stay focused and on task if I get up and try and take a photo.

It's been a crazy couple of weeks.

I had the big trip to Minnesota and Iowa with my mom which I need to write more about.  For me it was kind of a transformative trip.  No, it was. I loved it. I could write a book about it.  I definitely need to write some posts.

The next week (I think that was last week?) I was in California for business.

I got home at midnight Friday and by lunchtime was at my mom's to see my cousins who were here for the weekend.  Kind of a big deal since I hadn't seen them in many years.  I spent much of the weekend with them and it was great.  Really a significant visit for me.  They are 13 and 16 years older then me.  When I was a kid that was way to much of an age gap for any kind of a relationship between us.   Now it's perfect.

I spent a lot of time the past few weeks connecting with my past.  Connecting with the places of my childhood, the geography of my childhood, which is very significant for me.

Also connecting with people and family.  I had forgotten, or maybe I never realized, I have family out there I can connect with and lean on.  Especially these two cousins who are so familiar with my family, who know and understand my mother so well, and who have been through what I am going through and will be going through with her.

This week D12 was home ALL WEEK.  Yes, he missed a week of 6th grade.  I am freaking out a little bit.  He was sick.  No fever, but a terrible sore throat and he slept a lot and was generally miserable.  I finally took him to the doctor Thursday morning and got some antibiotics.  I hate when the kids are sick with no fever or other obvious symptoms.

We have done NO HOMEWORK.  I don't even know what he has to do and this next week is the last week of the quarter so we are going to have to kick ass.

Oh, is Christmas right around the corner?  For the love.

My plan for family movie night this weekend was to make them watch the trifecta of Christmas animation -- Frosty The Snowman, Rudolph, and Charlie Brown Christmas.

I even made frosted sugar cookies for the viewing.  Frosted.  In the shape of Christmas trees and snowmen.

Sadly we couldn't get them for free or very cheap on Netflix or Amazon Prime so we are postponing the trifecta until next weekend.

We watched Elf instead and ate the cookies.

Today I'm making the first batch of toffee.  Traditionally known as the test batch which is consumed in less then 48 hours by my family.

Also there should probably be some shopping sometime today.  Some cleaning and laundry.

Some 6th grade homework.

Some blog reading.  Some book reading.  Some knitting (wait, I'm getting distracted).  Maybe go for a walk?  Maybe have some hot chocolate?  Maybe take a nap?

I seem to  be mixing up my Must To Do List with my Want To Do List.

Which makes this a pretty typical Saturday,