Life recently has been full of ups, downs, and general busyness.
My grandmother passed away at the end of September after a long battle with COPD. It’s a horrible disease and watching someone you love suffer with it is one of the most painful, helpless feelings I’ve ever experienced. She was only 75 years old and it feels so unfair to have lost her. I’m grateful I moved home when I did and got to spend time with her, and I’m even more thankful she got to meet her great-grandson, but I’m still struggling to accept her being gone. I keep picking up the phone to dial her number and chat, and then I break down realizing she won’t answer.
We’ve been very busy sorting through my grandmother’s things (thankfully she was a very minimalistic, frugal woman, so there’s not too much to do). My mother gave us a her dining room table and sofa, which I’m very grateful to have for when we host Thanksgiving later this month.
We’ve also been busy with several weddings, showers, and parties to attend recently. It has really been go-go-go. I’m hoping this weekend will finally be a little quieter so I can catch up on some (much-needed) house work and start preparing for the holidays.
[ Reading ] Finding time to pick up a book has been pretty challenging, so while I work, I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Mayim Bialik’s Beyond the Sling. It has mixed reviews on Amazon (and I can see some of the points being made by the negative reviews), but I am enjoying it nonetheless. It’s a good general introduction to attachment parenting, and I’ve liked hearing some of Bialik’s personal stories and thoughts on issues like sharing, discipline, and co-sleeping.
[ Watching ] Mike and I came WAY late to the Breaking Bad party. We actually started watching it on Netflix within days of the final episode airing on television. I’m completely addicted to the show, and I’m going to be terribly upset when we’re finished. (We’re on episode 7 of season 5 now, so it won’t be long … *pout*.)
[ Listening To ] Butch Walker’s Peachtree Battle EP is in heavy rotation on my playlist recently.
[ Laughing About ] Myles’ smiles and giggles are infectious, so he has us laughing a lot lately.
I was also listening to this routine of Jim Gaffigan’s on Spotify the other day, and I could SO relate…
“We had all our babies at home, just to make you uncomfortable.”
“People always assume there was some laziness involved. ‘You didn’t want to go to the hospital!?’
… It was TOO FAR. I didn’t want to put on pants!”
[ Thankful For ] Right now I’m very thankful for my job, and for opportunities to do freelance work from time to time. Not only does it allow me to support my family, it also gives me the opportunity to work with amazing people and learn new things nearly every day. Part of me wishes I had MORE time to learn and develop my career, but I know that will come in time too. For now I’m grateful to be doing something so challenging and fulfilling.
[ Projects ] My project-list is a mile long right now! I’m knitting a fair isle Christmas stocking for Myles, and hopefully one for Mike too. I have a stack of a few hundred photos to sort into chronological order, label, and add to photo albums. I want to reorganize and deep-clean our kitchen before Thanksgiving. I want to re-caulk our bathtub. I have several large items I need to photograph and post for sale on Craigslist before it’s so snowy and nasty that no one wants to come haul them. Those are just a few things off the top of my head, I know I’m forgetting a lot more…
[ Loving ] My family. With the holdays coming, everything is warm-fuzzies and I’m feeling it more than ever this year with Myles. I’m so looking forward to making lots of memories with Mike and our sons.