Saturday, January 25, 2014

Day in the Life - Friday 24 January 2014


I originally tried to do day in the life last Sunday, and it would have been a fun one, too (cleaning the garage!) but I forgot to take pictures of our potty-training-celebratory fro-yo and foolishly gave up.  So here we are.  Potty training plus a pretty bad cold (I think we had colds for day in the life last year at this time, too!).

Friday is my day to sleep in a little bit - instead of going to the gym, I usually end up doing a workout video, or "crossfit-inspired" home workout (and hating myself a little for spending my Friday night that way).  Plus, I'm coming down with a cold so I sleep in a little bit.   I wake up when I hear Emma calling for me.  We put her in the toddler bed about a month ago, but she still doesn't get out on her own.

Next, we go sit on the potty.  E is pretty good at going potty, but for some reason, she has been resisting it, and saying she doesn't want to pee.  Next, we get some milk and breakfast, and dad gets up.  Emma is having leftover steel-cut oats, although I believe she only likes oatmeal so she can get raisins.  She seriously freaks out if we try to stir it!  I make the oatmeal in a 1.5 qt crockpot with at timer (cook on high for about 3hrs) so that it gets done in the morning, and it is super easy and not burnt.


I can't believe I'm posting this, but it is the only picture I took of myself all day!  Good thing its blurry.  During breakfast, we make multiple trips to the bathroom in hopes of catching a p-o-o-p.  This has proven to be tricky.  Here she is decorating herself with stickers, so she must have done something right!


The dog is begging for husband's bagel.  I feel the same way.


More time spent in the bathroom.  I have heard so many stories about kids that were easy to potty train.  This is not one of them.  I think she likes to go into the bathroom for attention, but then she doesn't want to pee, so sometimes it is the worst thing ever to have to go.


For some reason, I decide to sneak in some knitting time.  I am making a pair of fingerless gloves using this pattern.  I ended up charting out the lace by hand to make it easier to follow.  I made a pair for my mom to quilt in, but I had to have some in hot pink, so this is glove 3 of 4 from this pattern.


I like to tidy up on Fridays, plus it is too cold to go outside yet (we had some cold weather blow in recently).  Emma wants to use her "fancy markers" which are like bingo markers.  But, she doesn't end up doing this for long - for some reason she has been wanting me to do all of her coloring for her.  Um, no!


While cleaning, I find some artwork that needs to be filed.  I put it in her notebook, which she then wants to look at.  It has her birthday cards, birth announcement, postcards her uncle sent her, and artwork.


Finally I decide we can go out for a run with the dog.  I've been wanting to do this for a few weeks.  It is still very cold (low 20's F, I think).  We get all bundled up as best we can.  I actually didn't realize how cold it was when we started out, and my fingers quickly go numb.  Emma looks cozy with her down blanket.


I am so glad we have such nice exercise paths near our house.  This runs along an arroyo and the UNM shuttle at this point.  There is ice in the ditch!  I'm feeling a little queasy on our run/walk which I originally blamed on too much coffee.


The view of the mountains.  Looks smoggy because it has been VERY dry for the past MONTH.


After we get home, I go take a shower and Emma has a snack of an applesauce squeeze packet.  Then, impulsively, I decide to go to Thrift Town to look for some old furniture to turn into a play kitchen.  I've been wanting a nice play kitchen for Emma, and saw an ingenious one on Apartment Therapy recently that was made from a thrifted nightstand.


Didn't find a suitable nightstand, but these plates, which match a pair we already have.  Total spent, $1.


I see a sign for a new Habitat for Humanity ReStore nearby, so I decide to go there too, although I know I am pushing things a little with the potty clock.  Quick trip in and then I decide it is time to go home for lunch.

Funny story:  when I get home, I notice that the front door is unlocked - eep!  I figured I must have left it unlocked when we went out.  (Actually, I left the back door unlocked while we were out walking the dog, so this seems likely.)  Like many people, I constantly worry about leaving the doors unlocked.  We go inside and I look around - it doesn't seem like we've been robbed.  I try to get Emma to pee, at which point she resists loudly, and I plead with her (also loudly).  Then I hear a voice from the back bedroom...  It turns out that Husband came home from work to make an important phone call (I didn't notice his car in the driveway!).  And, we were being super noisy while he was on the phone with Important Person.  Good to know that I didn't leave the front door unlocked, though.


We have bagels for lunch.  I add a salad with oranges and cranberries.  Husband leaves to go back to work.  Emma is sad to see him go, since he stayed home with her on the holiday Monday, and on Thursday when she was too sick to go to school.  We eat chocolate cupcakes leftover from my birthday.


After lunch, Emma is talking about what things are made of:  glass, wood, paper, metal, plastic, etc.  I give her a spoon to tap things around the house and find out what they are made of.  Seems like a fun game, but it is short-lived.  I put E down for her nap soon after and she is asleep by 1:30.  Then I decide I need to tackle some to-do list items, so I start researching IRA's.


Naptime is too short, as always.  Emma wakes up around 3:30 EXTREMELY grumpy, and doesn't want to pee, again.


Crying on the toilet.  I had planned to make some calls (RE: to-do list items), but Emma cries for an entire hour, and it is impossible to talk on the phone with that going on.  I take her into her bedroom, and we rock for a while and read some books and she calms down and gets happy.  Then, it quickly becomes apparent that I've come down with the family cold, and I am just too tired to do anything, so I stay sitting on the rocking chair, while she piles me up with blankets and reads me books for a while.  Then, we move out to the couch, and she plays mostly by herself with her memory game for a while.

Around five, I decide she might be hungry, so I make macaroni and cheese and green peas for dinner.  I originally had other plans (leftover eggplant caponata), but real food seems very unappealing to my sick self.  The macaroni and cheese turns out to be a big hit with the kiddo, and later the husband!  The tea is still out from Emma's afternoon snack.


Husband has to work a little late since he went in late, and also came home midday.  I'm feeling a little better after dinner, but still pretty tired, so I decide we can watch some TV.  Emma calls it "TVV", which is a cross between TV and DVD, I think.


Emma and I watch Wallace and Grommit, "The Wrong Trousers".  She sits for the whole thing!  Husband comes home right as it is ending.  He eats dinner and puts E to bed.  I chat with Husband for a bit, then clean the kitchen, and read on the couch for a while.  This soon turns into sleeping on the couch, and I am done for the day.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Day in the life 10-16-2013

Time for my quarterly blog post!  So, since my last post, I started working part time three days a week.  But work days are pretty boring - I wake up, kid screams at me, I go to work and look at a computer until my eyes dry up and fall out, pick up the girl, who screams at me for a few more hours, walk the dog, bedtime for the girl, cleanup, bedtime for me.  

For day in the life, I chose a Wednesday, which turned out to be a pretty routine stay at home day, and the girl had an unusually good day.  Plus we've had a lot of busyness this week with 2nd birthday festivities and a visit to the pumpkin patch, so I am posting this late, and have forgotten all of the details.


I wake up early to go to the gym!  I am so proud of myself for getting up early to go to the gym before husband has to go to work, I've made it several weeks in a row, two times a week.  I'm a morning person, but not that much of one.  But, I did get accustomed to a certain level of fitness when I was staying at home full-time, and I'd like to maintain that with my new schedule.  A little blog reading with my pre-gym coffee (coincidentally it happens to be Navigating the Mothership).

I'm out before the sun is up!  Wednesdays, I have to get there a little earlier, since husband has to be at work for an early meeting.  I think I left the house around 6:35.  No, I didn't take pictures of me with my bed head and working out.


When I get home, the little one is up and has already had breakfast.  She's playing with all her toys.  Next, I try to pick up some stuff around the house - pre-cleaning for my parent's upcoming visit.  The real cleaning (dirt removal) will happen Friday.


Emma busies herself in many nerve-wracking ways.  Here she plays with my bedside lamp.


I manage to get a shower in, around 8:30.  I've started inviting her into the shower with me - although it usually amounts to having her take a bath after I'm done with my shower.  In any case, two items off the to-do list.


We go out to the garden to bring in the last few things before it gets cold enough at night to kill the plants.  (Note: it was a good thing I did this, since we did get a cold night soon thereafter, that killed the plants).


The harvest: two eggplants and some cherry tomatoes, also some swiss chard.

I decide I have some time to start dinner - what I thought would be dinner for the following day (Thursday, a work day when it is really nice to have dinner ready when we walk in the door), but ended up being dinner on Friday due to some unexpected pizza.  This evening, we are planning to go out to dinner with friends to celebrate their wedding!


It is a baked eggplant-pasta thing.  My new work schedule is not conducive to low-carb eating.  I get out some paint markers (they're like bingo markers) that I bought Emma about a year ago because I thought they'd be easier for a 1-year-old to use.  She has a great time with them, and I actually get dinner made with minimal interference.


Making a silken tofu and cashew cream topping for the pasta from Veganomicon.  I grind the cashews in my coffee grinder after I wipe out the coffee grounds really well.


Emma sees me taking pictures and wants to try.  Here is one of the dog, Cookie.


Here we are heading out to the park, only a few minutes late (in terms of getting back for lunch).


Seems like every time we go to the park, the kids don't show up until we are ready to leave.  We play with chalk and dig in the sand, and go down the slide a few times.  I wish I was better at having a leisurely time at the park, so we could stay and play a good long time.




Back home for lunch, I make Emma a pasta salad with some pasta I had set aside from dinner prep earlier, broccoli and olives.  I eat some random leftovers from the fridge - I made 'tacos' with tofu scramble, mushrooms and cheese.  We eat around 12:30.  Then it is time for her nap.  I spend (waste) about an hour convincing her to sleep.  I have been seeing a disturbing trend of missed naps lately.  If I remember correctly, I use naptime to finish some hand-sewing on Emma's turtle costume for halloween.


Up from her nap, and I let her color for a few more minutes, by 4pm.  The little table was an awesome yard sale find, that I re-covered with tablecloth material (to replace little mermaid - ick).  Then, I think I forgot a little about taking pictures, and the rest are on my phone.  Next, I push us out the door, since we need to take the dog for a walk.



Emma was thrilled with her costume, and had a ton of fun wearing it and running all over while we walked the dog.


After husband gets home from work, we head out to dinner.
[ETA:  I forgot about the sweetest part of this day!  We had a few minutes to wait for husband to get home from work, and I sat down to read a magazine.  Then, Emma came over and climbed up on my lap and read it with me, very calm and sweet.  Usually she will grab it out of my hands, turn the pages, or try to force me to read something of her choosing.  It was like a tiny miracle.]


Happy hour at Seasons  on the patio.


Candid photo of husband.

Blurry full moon up past bedtime photo of me and Emma.  Sorry, I forgot to take better pics of myself!  Emma's behavior was outrageously bad the following day (to balance her one good day this month?), I suspect due to a late bedtime and a busy school day.  And I got up late which made me grumpy.  :)

Thanks for reading,  it was really great for me to do this as it got me back on track about taking pictures of fun everyday stuff.  I have some great pictures from this week that are not DITL related, too.

I need to do a few things differently next time:
more photos and better notes - why not take photos all week?
more details - what hilarious or witty thing did Emma say?  what music did we listen to?
more self-portraits
more interesting topics - pick an interesting day.
write up the post right away

Friday, July 26, 2013

Day in the Life - Wednesday 24 July 2013

So, apologies, as usual. I didn't get around to writing this post until two days later, so my memories are a little fuzzy.  I sometimes wonder if I should pick more interesting days to document.  Yet again, just a stay at home mom sort of day.


I get up a few minutes before everyone else and check the blogs and email for a few minutes.  I think my days are usually better if I can get even ten minutes to myself in the morning to organize my thoughts.

It is about 6:30.  The dog is on "vacation" - the in-laws took her to their cabin for the week, so she hasn't been waking us up at her usual 5:45, and we've been sleeping in.


The house is an absolute mess since I was "working" over the weekend and things keep getting behind.


The state of the sewing room/guest bedroom/office/junk room.  Fortunately, I did get an opportunity to clean this up the following day (Thursday)! yay!.  The problem with this room is we keep it closed most of the time since it is FULL of stuff Emma shouldn't have free access to, which means it slowly accumulates stuff without becoming a high priority for cleaning.  Also, it falls victim to my ever-present overly optimistic plans for my free time, so there are projects in various states of planning and completion stacked up everywhere.


My bedroom.  there is actually a person in that bed, pretending to sleep.  The quilts are on the windows to block light from the full moon in order to promote better sleep.


My delightful daughter is awake, about 6:45 or 7 I would guess.


She gets a diaper change and milk, and breakfast of almond butter on a tortilla.  She bites the tortilla into little shapes that she calls "sharks".  Too cute!!!  I am so proud of her powers of abstraction.


We go outside to check on the garden and remove any tomato worms.  It is doing pretty well this year, despite a late start.  The secret? rain and (organic) fertilizer.  Here we see zucchini, swiss chard, cosmos and zinnias.  I got my first baby zucchini in years just the previous day - so proud!  They are usually ruined by squash bugs and hot dry weather (and lack of nitrogen?).  I think the late start was great for them.


Tomatoes, eggplant, basil, other herbs.  This year I'm only growing yellow pear and grape tomatoes since they are easy and more drought tolerant.  Haven't harvested any yet, but soon.


Next, we start getting ready for the day, getting dressed.  Emma's snack for the gym is pretzels and a plum.


Dad is heading out for work, and gets a kiss goodbye.  Yes, he is wearing a nerd shirt on a day when he has a meeting.


We decide to ride our bike to the gym.  The long sleeves are to keep the sun off my arms, although it is, of course, a very warm day.  Emma has sunglasses and a Snoopy.


The view along the bike path.  It is not especially pretty (although the water in the ditch looks nice in the morning light), but the bike path is one of my favorite things about living here.  I love the fact that we can bike to the gym, although most summer days it is too hot.  And we can bike to the brewery.

Emma has fun playing while I work out.


My sunflower plants look nice.


I entertain Emma with some coloring while I get our lunches ready.  I don't remember what we ate, and I forgot to take pictures!  Next, Emma has a nap, and a pretty good one where I get to finish up some sewing project stuff, which I also did not photograph.  As I recall, the early part of the week has been characterized by short naps, and much resistance to falling asleep.  Not sure about the day in question, although I do recall her crying over some corn I got out for her snack.  I also must have taken a shower at some point.  oops. She wakes up grumpy at 3:30-ish.


I give her some milk, and try to figure out a snack.  An offer of corn and peas causes more crying, until she gets to sit on mom's lap and eat.  Eventually, I get to put her down, and she enjoys serving her own corn and peas out of little cups, she says "lots corns" and "lots peas".


 While she's snacking, I work at getting baby sweater I recently finished ready to mail to my cousin.  I have to remove a bunch of tiny dog hairs from the knitting.  Fortunately, my cousin is also a dog owner, so I don't think she'll be grossed out by this.


Emma decides she'd like to take a walk, and since it is cloudy and relatively cool, I agree. 


She puts on chapstick (really big on chapstick these days - it is requested every time we get into the car), and a sweater.  The sweater is not at all weather-appropriate.




At the park.  Walk in the grass a little, and it actually starts a to rain a tiny bit.  Being desert people, we take this as a sign to go home.


Emma graps a plum from the counter and eats it sitting on the floor.


 Then, I have her help me get dinner ready.  We're having cottage cheese pancakes from smitten kitchen.



Dad gets home and does a diaper change (changes Emma's diaper).


The pancakes didn't come out how I expected, they were pretty sweet, making this a not super healthy dinner.  I think I was thinking of a different pancake recipe that was more .... cheesy?  Of course Emma and her dad loved it.


Next, I clean up the kitchen while Emma's dad gets her ready for bed.  The above is the result.  I had to wash the sand pail because Emma spilled milk all over the floor.  I do recall being rather short-tempered about that.



Watching Nature on PBS.  Aah, so relaxing.  It is about finding Siberian tigers, which are extremely rare.  Emma says to the tigers, "Hi Tiger, Hi."


Emma has been climbing on everything lately, she enjoyed balancing on her fire truck.  Then we put her to bed, and I'm really not sure what I did with my couple of hours of evening.  The end!!