27.6.08

George Carlin

A Message from George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space We've done larger things, but not better things.


We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

how do you spell relief?

Z-Pak, hopefully.....sinus infection, BE GONE!!!!!

i need to be able to start functioning again. this week has been a living hell, mostly because i'm trying to be a mom while being really sick. virtually impossible.

my dear husband

let me preface this post by saying i love D dearly, but sometimes i have to wonder what he's thinking.

as you know, we are potty training. surely you'll be hearing about this for months to come. sorry for that.

at any rate, yesterday i was feeling miserable and D very graciously took the girls to the park when he got home from work. i got to rest for an hour and was a bit recharged when they returned. i keep a kiddie potty in the back of my car for use when we're on the go. it comes in handy at places like the park, which don't have restrooms, and because we have daughters, they are not able to simply whip it out and pee on a tree.

so yesterday while at the park, abby used this potty twice. izzy tried, but again no dice (she did, however, wait until she got home, so that was good---the girls completed an outing w/ underwear on, although obviously it helps when the outing is OUTside!). my darling husband wiped her with baby wipes (it was just #1, btw) and threw them into the potty, too. when they were done at the park, he put the potty back in my car, with USED WIPES AND URINE STILL SITTING IN IT. yes, the potty has a lid. no, the park isn't far from our house.

BUT STILL.

i tried to calmly and rationally explain to him that surely he wouldn't want piss riding around in the back of his car, either. he asked what he should have done. i made sure to tell him how much i appreciated his taking the girls for a bit to give me some time to rest. i made sure to say he was so thoughtful and i really loved the gesture, as did the girls. HOWEVER.....i asked that in the future, he do what i do----dump the pee pee out into the grass, wipe the potty out a bit, and throw the dirty wipes in a garbage can (or in a plastic bag, which i always keep in the car just in case).

thank goodness no one pooped in the potty while they were at the park. OY!!!

26.6.08

green

i haven't been talking about green stuff as much lately, but i'm still doing everything i can.

most recently, i am collaborating with a few friends in the area. we're going to start recycling glass. we're going to split the biweekly pick-up fee (our regular recycling crew doesn't take glass for several reasons), and we'll all drop our things off at one person's house on the designated day. the closest place to drop off glass is at least 20 minutes away, so to be a bit greener about it we're joining forces.

and with potty training, we're producing significantly less garbage/disposing of fewer diapers. i might be temporarily doing a bit more laundry, but....soon it will slow down.

i am teaching the girls about not wasting water in the bathroom. difficult, but we're working on it.

and i am now only using soy candles. much better for the earth. Mrs. Meyers products are all great, but i especially love their candles. geranium scent is my fave.

thankful

on days like today, i need to remind myself to be thankful. i know lots of people try to make a daily list so they stay on track. perhaps i should do this, too.

i am thankful for:

1. my beautiful girls. who, except for an awful incident at the pool, are doing pretty well with potty training. namely abby, who hasn't had an accident at home in several days. she may not be as far from wearing panties to school as i previously thought (the girls must continue to wear diapers to school until they're completely trained).

2. my amazing husband, who supports me, comforts me and works hard to help us live very comfortably. he is so patient with me, even when i am not always as nice as i should/could be. i am often at the end of my rope by the time he gets home from work and i need to keep closer tabs on my attitude and make an effort not to take things out on him.

3. our dog, who is always sweet to me and loves me no matter what, and was good company for me when the girls were tiny and i was very overwhelmed home alone with 2 babies all day every day.

4. i am grateful that we are all healthy. and we have a wonderful home in a great neighborhood.

5. i am grateful that i have a loving family and a beautiful niece and hopefully many years ahead to make tons of memories.

6. i am grateful for my friends. all of them. some are old friends, some are new, but i value all of you and am so lucky to have you in my life.

yesterday

yesterday was, quite possibly, the worst day of my life.

seriously.

ok, maybe that's a tad dramatic. but still. it was absolutely one of the top 10.

dan had the rare treat of finishing work early, so we took the girls to the pool. our country club was hosting a rather large swim meet, so we snuck in to dan's parents' country club (without them, as they are out of town). they have 3 pools there: a baby pool (1 foot deep), a kiddie pool (about 4 feet deep), and a regular/large/deep pool that is about 11 feet deep. we were going back and forth among all of them. A & I were having a blast.

we were all in the middle pool when abby exploded. yes, diarrhea. omg. i suddenly completely understood why, all those years ago, my dad bolted from the hotel pool when my younger brother Mark pooped in it at the tender age of two (dad left mom and me to deal with the aftermath). i scooped her out as quickly as i could, but obviously the damage had already been done. dan stayed with izzy and i ran inside with abby and took her to the bathroom to clean up. big mess. BIG.

i finally finished up with abby and we came back outside. it was there that another member informed me we'd ruined someone's birthday party, which was about to begin at the middle pool. i was mortified. we met the mom of the child whose party it was and apologized profusely. i was near tears. i felt horribly. and yes, we were wearing swim diapers---but an accident of this magnitude could not be contained by said swim diaper.

we left as the staff began to drain the pool.

later, i racked my brain to figure out what to do. i called the club and asked whose party it was (i didn't know the family, just briefly saw them to apologize). long story short, i called the mom and left a message on the machine apologizing again and my voice cracked and then i had to hang up. i just felt so badly for the kids...who thought they were going to a swimming party....but we ruined it.

the mom (we'll call her K) called me back, but i knew if i picked up i would start to cry . i was very emotional about it. she was so sweet. she left a looooong message and told me not to worry, that the kids were all 6 & 7 years old and were able to swim in the big/regular pool. i felt a teensy bit better hearing that, but i still wanted to try and make it right. so today i ordered a cookie bouquet with some mylar balloons and it will be sent tomorrow.....

after we got home from the pool, i immediately threw the girls in the tub. it was complete chaos. they were upset at having to leave the pool for reasons they didn't fully comprehend. and i was so embarrassed and really felt we should just get out of there as quickly as possible, so that is what we did. later that evening, izzy had another accident and the girls were both incredibly cranky. it was a very long evening and i was emotionally and physically exhausted (as i am still sick and beginning to wonder if i have a sinus infection rather than a simple cold). dan very nicely gave me a back rub and we went to bed early. somehow today, though, i woke up feeling as if it was simply a continuation of last night. the girls were up at 6 a.m., both very crabby. thank goodness they go to school tomorrow.

today is one of those days i feel rather hopeless, sad, and ineffective as a parent. i don't know how to do this, this parenting business. how does everyone else make it look so easy?

to be cont'd later.....

24.6.08

stuff

potty training is going very well for Abby...I hope Izzy's not too far behind, but time will tell. Abby has not had any accidents the last two days, and has even been pooping on the potty! yay! it is such a good feeling to be using significantly fewer diapers, and i've noticed we're making less trash as a result. and this week was the first time i had to turn on our sprinkler system, so that is great, too.

congratulations are in order for my friend Michelle (mentioned in a previous post) who recently found out her FET (frozen embryo transfer) worked. she is a little nervous it might be twins again, but really she is so blessed and i am totally excited for her. and my friend Karen welcomed her second baby, a boy they've named "Jack," yesterday morning. Mom and baby are doing well and I wish I lived closer so I could go help out.

tonight i am making sweet and spicy pineapple pork (a la Rachel Ray) and homemade mashed potatoes, which I got courtesy of my CSA group over the weekend. i also have some bok choy, but i think i might steam that or use in a salad tomorrow or later this week.

dan enjoyed his Porsche racing weekend in Topeka and the girls and i managed ot survive on our own despite being down with a bad cold. it was a loooooong weekend, but we were also lucky to find a new baby sitter, and she was fabulous with the girls. a natural. she came twice over the weekend for a sort of test-run, so I was doing things outside/around the house while she played with the girls. i got a break and they were thrilled to have a new face around.

my dad and kory are leaving for an annual exotic vacation (they intend to explore Machu Picchu---one of those things that always looks like it's spelled wrong, but isn't) this weekend and will be gone for 2 weeks. dad has a deposition in north arkansas in early august and said they might just jump up here beforehand for a few days to visit---they haven't seen the girls since December, so it would be nice for all of us.

nothing really too new or exciting to post today. sadly i couldn't exercise over the weekend with dan out of town, and this morning it started raining on me just as i'd left the house, so ran back home whilst being pelted with raindrops. i suppose i could go now, but the girls are at school and i'm enjoying some down time. maybe i'll go in a little bit.
 

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