Winter 2012: The Times They Are A Changin'

Regular readers of this blog will note that I haven't posted in a few weeks. That is, if regular readers of this blog remain after such a lengthy hiatus.

It's "winter" here in Chicago now, and it's been 50 degrees off and on since Christmas, which has made it difficult for me to sit still for the twenty minutes it would take me to post.

Other things are changing, too. Here is a short list of the things that have been occupying my time/attention over the past few weeks, and a promise to get back in the swing of things soon.

1) You'll remember we fired the nanny. You might have caught my brief allusion to me quitting my job. I'm happy to report that I have become what Jezebel recently called the 'slutty new villain' in the mommy wars: I am working part-time. Mostly from home. I realize this is having my cake and eating it, too, and, though there are challenges, I will try hard not to mention them, because this is my dream situation and I can imagine it might be yours, too.

What it means practically is that we had to get S on a nap schedule (easier than I expected) and so I'm working naps, when B gets home, in the evenings, and occasionally when my growing-so-fast-it-makes-my-chest-ache kid is playing quietly by herself. Which she does, happily, as if to say "I don't need you to entertain me 100% of the time, Mommy. I will be fine." I swear.

2) She's walking. Well, sort of. She takes regular steps on her own, and she prefers to walk (holding hands) rather than crawl in public. It takes a lot out of a woman, this walking. (Me, not her...she doesn't seem fazed.)

3) Pinterest. I'm late to the game on this one, but there it is. I'm obsessed. Like a crazy person. I'm making yarn wreaths and hot-gluing buttons and learning to sew and remembering winters spent latch-hooking when I was a kid. I expect that in less than a month, my social life will be naught.

4) My New Year's resolution. Yes, I make them. No, I didn't make one last year. Yes, I know I need to lose 10 lbs (hello Dr. B...see you in March). But I like my resolutions to be fun and doable. I set mine before I discovered Pinterest, so we'll see just how doable it is in light of that new addiction.

I am going to read a book a week this year. Kids' books don't count, books about kids do. It has to average out to a book a week, meaning if I read something short, I can start something else right away, so my intent to read the Hunger Games series will be a nice counterpoint to my intent to tackle Murakami's new doorstop. My first book was Erik Larson's 'In the Garden of Beasts,' which I'm still digesting. I've moved on to Marcus Sakey's 'The Amateurs,' which will be quick, is about a heist, and is set in Chicago...so I'm loving it so far.

5) Going 'poo free. If you don't know what this is and you're curious, google it. I'm not the expert, but I have to tell you that I've been 'poo free for two weeks, and after only two days of scariness, my hair went nuts -- it's thick, shiny, manageable, not greasy at all, and I would swear it's growing faster. (I know this last isn't plausible, but it seems like it's growing faster...)

And that's what I've been up to, blog friends. Coming at you later this week with a post about Hyde Park from my new perspective as a mostly-at-home mom!

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    I'm with you on the New Year's resolution. I am not known for my book reading, so I'd like to at least try to change that. So far, it's going well, as you know. On my second book since Christmas.

    And I'm glad you're staying home with S. One less thing to worry about.

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