A collection of things I thought about this week, brought to you in “fun size” packages (because my thoughts are not profound enough for full size or king size posts.)
Enjoying the Weather?
I have lived in five states and one Canadian province. Everywhere I have ever lived (and most of the places I have ever traveled) I have heard the same exact weather joke…
“Don’t like the weather in XYZ? Wait five minutes, it will change.” Ha, ha, ha.
However, I have never seen weather quite like we have been experiencing here in Missouri.
During the last three weeks we have had three separate snowstorms – including one that dumped more than eight inches. In between snowstorms, we have had playground weather. Many, many days with temperatures above 65, a few about 70 and we even made it into the 80’s one day.
Alas, there is snow on the ground again today. Good thing I haven’t removed the Cat-Pee-Solstice-Tree-Yardstick-Of-Meteorology from the yard.
Buried under that snow are my flip-flops that I left out last week when playing in the yard with the kids.
In January, I blogged about stalking Ethiopians at the Kansas City airport. In February, I took it one step further, knocking on the car window of a man in our library parking lot (alas, he was Kenyan). I am also trying really hard to start a friendship with Joesph. He is a Rwandan who stands at least 6’5″ and sometimes shows up at our Friday play place. I will admit I thought there was a slight chance the Kenyan was Ethiopian. Joesph, well, I knew he wasn’t, but I was sure he was African.
However, I am narrowing in on my targets. Yesterday at Sam’s Club I threw a “Selam” out at a man whose name tag read “Gerbere.” Did you guess Eritrean? You were right. Of course I did NOT have Little Dude with me. But you can bet I will find a few extra reasons to be frequenting Sam’s Club and I will be taking my son.
How Are You?
To tell you the truth, things kind of suck around here. Both kids have been suffering from a stomach bug. I will spare you the details, but please know that they are sick, sick, sick of Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast. Still, that is what they are eating 90% of the time.
I have been trying to plan a get-away but don’t want to do it all alone. I thought I would be traveling with my BFF whose father died a few weeks ago, but I guess I am not her current priority. Why can’t everything be about me?
And, a woman I went on a group vacation with a couple years ago just died a tragic, unexpected death. I will spare you the details of this as well, but please, all you outdoorsy types, make sure someone knows exactly where you are going in the woods and exactly when to expect you to be back. Independence is fabulous, not making it home is tragic.
Read Any Good Books Lately?
As per usual, I have been reading lots. Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair is a coming of age story of an African American girl in the late 60’s. I have a desire to read more books that aren’t necessarily trying to “educate” me, but do anyway because my life experience is narrow in the scope of things. This book was perfect for that. And, I liked the protagonist!
I am also reading How To Raise Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurchinka. This was highly recommended by a friend who is one of the best mothers I know. Three unexpected things are coming out of my reading of this book. First, in some ways the information seems applicable to most adopted children whether they are spirited or not. Second, I am seeing myself in the book. I am reluctantly recognizing my inability to deal with things in an appropriate manner especially when I am run-down and tired. Finally, the section on introverts versus extroverts was eye-opening to me (a frustrated extrovert married to a classic introvert). This could be the book that strengthens my marriage, makes me grow up and helps my children. But, hey, no pressure.