this weeks themes:
loving, craving, demanding, questioning, worrying
a) I am loving that we are T-minus 17 days until Autumn! It's muh favorite. It's that magical three months until Winter kicks in. It's glorious.
b) Craving more time with nature. My calf muscles still hate me, but I really want to get back out there. It was just so beautiful and I live here y'all!
c) I have come to the point that demanding the kids do their chores is the norm. I made them their own pretty little chore charts. Talked and explained each day to them. They have like four things each day. Clean the litter box, feed/water cats, empty or load dishwasher. That's it and they can't even get those done without being asked. I know some teenagers who are about to be totes pissed because they are going to lose all connection to the outside world.
d) We are questioning marching band. Right off the top there is a fee. That is fine. I understand that uniforms need to be cleaned, instruments need to be stored/cleaned/fixed, etc. However, I had no idea there would be demands for handmade, individually wrapped desserts once a month for a fundraising lunch sale (pork loin sandwich, chips, drink, that homemade dessert = $5) or that I would be expected to provide cases of water, individually wrapped sandwiches and Little Debbie cakes every Saturday before competitions. In addition, it costs $5 a person to enter said competitions. I am tapped out. As my friend, Cam, would say... I'm 100% white girl done. I can't even.
With that said...
e) I've been doing my fair share of worrying about the crisis in Iraq/Syria/Middle East. I have a hard time reconciling my every day stresses that, in comparison, are hardly worth a second glance. There are people who live every single day in a war zone. Walking to the grocery store with rockets flying overhead. And here I am sitting in my air conditioned house complaining that my internet isn't fast enough or that my kids picked the expensive elective in school. When I should be grateful that they are allowed to attend school at all. *sigh* I've been doing a lot of knitting. It's my meditation. I'm still on the verge of a full blown, make me stay at home in my pajamas for weeks, anxiety attack. I have to take these thoughts, these feelings, and tuck them away. Not forgotten, but not on the surface.
Watching: Nope. See explanation for "Reading"...
Reading: ... ... Still reading Book of Life. *facepalm* I usually read before bed, but lately the Little has been laying down in bed with me until she falls asleep. Trying to read with a toddler rooting in the bed next to you, asking you every five minutes if you are reading a bedtime story, is not productive to good book reading time. So yeah...
next weeks themes:
falling, wearing, making, smiling, learning
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