In lieu of a well thought out post, tonight I will share with you my most time consuming knitting project to date. Lucy ‘s baby blanket. Yes, she’s one and a half. I fell off the wagon for a while, … Continue reading
Linking up with Jen this Thursday evening (it’s still Thursday in California) for Quick Takes Friday. Yes, I’m using my time zone advantage so that this qualifies as my Thursday post for the 7 posts in 7 day challenge. And I’m pretty sure she won’t disqualify me since I have a sneaking suspicion she’s doing the same thing. What I’m sure she’s not doing is linking her post up with 4 different link-ups in the most lazy cheater post of all time.
1. TGIT. For reals. All the activities of this week are wearing me out. And I miss the real “TGIT.” Did y’all know that my straight-laced husband once got kicked out of a TGIT by Campus Safety? True story.
2. Work. Working outside the home is working out for us. Except I no longer have time to work out. Ha. See that? It started as an accident and then I just went with it. I didn’t work out (exercise) before I got the job anyway. But seriously, it’s going well so far thanks to my wonderful mother taking care of my beloved offspring. As I suspected, things are more organized around the household because I tend to step up my game only if the situation demands it.
3. I’m functioning at bare minimum now so coherent thoughts are really too much to ask of me. Here’s the latest from Max:
Max during night time prayers: Dear God, thank you so much for taking care of the monkeys and the orangutans and thank you for taking care of the Gila monster thank you for taking care of the seals and sea lions- Mom, can we go back to the zoo?
N: We are praying now, Max.
M: Oh yeah, AMEN. Can we go to the zoo?
Max before bed, talk-stalling: I’m going to Old MacDonald’s farm! We’re going to get strawberry juice and I’m going to help to milk a cow. He’ll say, “thank you my brother” and I’ll say “you are welcome Mr. Old MacDonald!”
N: Time to go to sleep now.
M: I magical powers. I don’t need to sleep.
N: (laughing and crying because it’s true)
M: I’m going to spread goose liver paste on you and eat you.
Oskar: Max, do you have a girlfriend?
M: Yes, it’s Clare. She knows my name. A girl who doesn’t know my name is very sad.
4. And one from Lucy, my fledgling communicator:
N: What do you want for breakfast? Would you like eggs?
Lucy: Noooooo! Sabad (salad)! Cah-ee (coffee).
A girl after my own heart.
(Linking those up with Rosie for What They Said)
5. Actually, here’s one from a delightful lady at work:
Coworker: Wow, you’re eating a second donut! And you are so thin.
N: Oh, this is my first donut. I just eat slowly. And I’m not thin. These pants are really–
Other coworker cuts me off: Oh, she’s thin now. Just give her a few years.
N: uh. Yeah.
But seriously, I really like her. She has no filter.
6. I’ve been wanting to join Jessica for What We’re Reading Wednesday but when I start writing about things I’m reading my brain goes into rebellion. It thinks I’m back in college writing papers and it shuts down in effort to spare my body an all-nighter. Anyway, I saw that Francine contributed with her favorite children’s books. Brilliant. And then I noticed Jessica did too. I can do that. Our line-up for bedtime books, to which both kids listen (Max gets his chapter books after Lucy is asleep):
Fun rhymes and an amalgamation of nursery rhyme characters.
Everyone already knows about Mo Willems’ delightful tale of girl and bunny, right? Black and white photos are the backdrop to each illustration. Visually pleasing and a cute, quick read.
This one is from the author and illustrator of The Napping House, which we love as well. The illustrations are detailed and alive. The words are simple and the cadence easy.
This book has sweet, old schoolish illustrations and a precious prayer that a child can understand and an adult can appreciate.
We switch it up every week or two, but these have been great because they capture the attention of both the the 4.5 year old and the 1.5 year old. They are slow enough so that Lucia can follow and learn (even participate) and interesting enough to keep Max’s attention. Consider them recommended. Check out more at WWRW.
7. And because it’s almost impossible for me to write a 7QT post without referencing nail polish, meet my newest OPI love.
I have struggled with red polish for a while and pretty much gave up on it. Tragic. Then, I my stylin’ aunt wore this color and I made her hunt down the bottle so I could go buy it, stat. She has olive undertones like me, and this color totally works.
So, I think if I did my math correctly, that’s five favorite things right up there. Therefore, I’m ALSO join Hallie’s Five Favorites.
What did I tell you? A link-up laden cheater post if I ever wrote one. Now off with you, to greener pastures by the hundred!
Linking up with Like Mother, Like Daughter for a celebration of sweet everyday moments. ~Pretty~ Everything is blooming early this year. Rather than complain about allergies gone wild, I will ignore my nose and let my eyes take it all … Continue reading
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I know I’m always amused and/or disgusted when I dump my purse out to clean it. Why not share the amusement and disgust with the entire world wide web? I even made special effort not to cheat and avoided cleaning my purse out before today, since the control freak in me really wanted an immaculate purse the first day at the new job. So here’s the dirt!
- I try to keep diaper bag stuff separate from purse stuff since my kids are not little tiny babies and I tend to leave the massive bag in our car. Despite that some fun kid items still find their way into my purse. Notice the green apple sauce caps. Mom purses are also trash cans.
- Other randoms include the fake host from the kids’ mass kit. I must have rescued it from under a pew while leaving mass. Also my UD transcripts, which I had to bring to the new job prove my education wasn’t a lie. Passport was also a work related item for the I9. OSH receipt from recent worm purchase. Yes, I bought worms (of the earth variety) to digest my compost.
- Obvious staples are the wallet, the phone, the planner, keys, checkbook and work ID. Among the cosmetic items are my new favorite hand lotion, Clinique hand and cuticle cream, mascara(strategically placed to hide my debit card number), Body Shop peppermint lip gloss, and the less exciting band-aids (for work shoe blisters I anticipate), hand wipes and the ubiquitous hairthings and pins.
- There’s also my beloved kindle, which I find useful when car naps happen. Random Fraternity newsletter from Mass on Sunday. MOST importantly there’s this months ULTA coupon that I plan to blow on a fine red nail polish.
- That’s it! You just looked through a window into my soul. There was nothing too shocking this time. Previous purse cleanings have included withered apple cores and dirty socks, so we really lucked out!
I survived my first day back! Four hours flew by. Problem though, I was introduced to 16 people and remember exactly 3 names. I hope no one notices me staring awkwardly at their chest. Because that’s where ID badges are. What did you think!? It’s an HR office, meaning it’s 99% female. Well, OK, if I actually do the math for my office, it’s 93.75% female. That’s fine with me. I can function in environments high in chocolate and estrogen.
The kids handled the transition swimmingly, since they were with my mom. Lucia refuses to nap for her. That girl is on pace to become as terrible a sleeper as her big brother. Unfortunately, now Lulu is taking a marathon nap for me, which means she’ll be up late. I guess these are the little kinks we will have to work out. I will also have to learn walk in heels again. I looked a little like a 5 year old in her mother’s shoes today, but the kind office staff whose names I do not know pretended not to notice.
No actual work happened today, it was all introductions, photo IDs, logins and passwords. Lots of reading about employment policies. Praise the Lord for coffee.Tomorrow I’ll get to sink my teeth into some actual recruiting stuff. Aaaand I’ll probably write about it. Aren’t you lucky!
Tonight is Max’s first T-ball practice. I might cry (I’m a faucet like that), he might cry (he loves the bat swinging but not the ball catching), and instagram will surely be overused. Catch y’all later!
I wasn’t going to write a post today, but while I was drinking my coffee and reading Jen’s post, I caught a glimpse of an initech mug in the background of a picture of some religious art. The religious art … Continue reading
Big news! I got that part-time job I interviewed for a few weeks ago. It’s 20 hours a week, doing recruiting for a local Catholic hospital. I’m excited to have the opportunity to use my degree, to have an income and to have a little adult conversation during the day. I’m nervous about leaving my babies. I couldn’t ask for a better situation, since Oskar and I can stagger our schedules for an hour and my dear mother will be caring for the kids for the 3 hours both parents will be absent, but part of me feels like I shouldn’t leave them. Oh, mom-guilt, there’s no escaping it, is there?
All and all, I think this change will be good for our family. That’s why Oskar and I decided that we should go for it. Motherhood has been such an amazing blessing for me, but sometimes when the meltdowns are too frequent and the diaper laundry runneth over, I start resenting. My precious, beautiful children do not deserve that. Perhaps some time and responsibilities outside the house will help eliminate resentment. My hope is that I’ll return home to my kids at 12 each day, missing them and ready to treasure the remaining 8 hours until bedtime.
I’m not the most self-motivated or organized person. If I don’t have a reason to get dressed up and go out, I don’t. Staying in pajamas and not going anywhere for too many days in a row makes for bored, cranky and annoyed Chomickis. Days I get up before the kids, get dressed and have a plan (even if it’s just a run to Trader Joe’s) always end up better for the whole family. A job will force that on me, along with some increased order and organization. Er, I hope.
And let’s be honest. We have Oskar’s graduate school loans to pay off. And someday we hope to own a house. We won’t mind the extra income one bit.
I’m afraid of failing to keep the house together and of not being able to homeschool Max. We were just getting into a good routine with little “lessons” and field trips. I’m afraid that Oskar and I will get stressed from juggling extra responsibilities, and that stress will lead to arguing and unpleasantness. No income is worth more stress in our house.
I think it’ll work out, though. I know so many awesome mothers that manage part-time (or full-time) work and their families, and do it so well that it looks effortless. They make it look good. I’m shooting for that. I’m praying I’ll come close. St. Gianna (patron of working moms), St. Anne (mothers), and St. Joseph (families) are my go-to’s on this one. Not a bad line-up!
I’m being all dramatic for no good reason, since this is only a 3 month assignment, filling in for a maternity leave. It may turn into something permanent, but that’s not what I agreed to, meaning NO PRESSURE. A perfect way to test the waters.
Other big news, possibly even bigger than my news: Oskar got a new job, too! And he’s starting the day after I do. We must be crazy to take all this on, but it seems God saved up our prayers to answer all at once. Very funny. Oskar will be writing reports for a local software company. I can only pretend I understand it, but apparently it’s a big step up for him, career-wise. The folks at ye olde Jura family fig business will definitely miss Oskar, but everyone is very happy for him. He promises to do IT consulting for them in all his free time, like when he’s not working or dissertating or with his children or WIFE.
Oskar is definitely like the Energizer Bunny. Just less fuzzy.
We start next week. Yikes! Advice and prayers are welcome, as always.
Popping in to quickly share five off-the-top-of-my head favorites.
Mighty Leaf Calming Moon Tea
It doesn’t take much to throw me into a battle with insomnia. Seriously, one of the kids coughs twice and I’m up half the night for a week fearing hantavirus or what have you. Calming Moon tea settles both the stomach and mind. It has mint, fennel, and citrus, so it’s naturally sweet. I drink it every night.
Urszula’s Ginger Tea
I guess this is really Gosia’s tea, but it was Urszula who first made it for me, so she gets the credit. I HATE bagged ginger teas. They always taste awful and make me sick to my stomach. This tea is a different story. It’s made with a teaspoon of fresh sliced ginger, a few slices of lemon, and few slices of orange and a generous dollop of honey, steeped and sipped without straining. It’s the absolute best tea for sick people, no matter what the ailment. And it really is delicious. Even my kids love it.
OPI Crystal Nail File My mom started using crystal nail files a few years ago and I finally tried one. I’m hooked. They are much easier on the nails, clean well, and they last forever!
This Ann Taylor Blazer
I’m going back to work part-time next week and realized recently that I have zero profesh wardrobe remaining after 4+ years at home with the children. I’ve been stalking Boden and Ann Taylor for work-appropriate attire and this blazer is now mine. Fits like a glove and the sleeves roll up for a more youthful look. So glad to finally join the cool kid ranks and own a blazer all my own.
Bodum French Press Coffee Maker
Making a u-turn back to warm beverage favorites. I can’t say we’ve owned an electric coffee maker. We got one of these as a wedding gift and it was love at first use. It makes the best coffee. Dark roast with cream and sugar. So, so good.
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Joining Jen for some Friday miscellany! 1. I just took a quick sip from what I thought was this afternoon’s cup of coffee, but was actually this morning’s cup of coffee. Gross. I still drank it though, because I woke … Continue reading