Mar 20 2007

On the other hand…

There has been one really cool thing about watching Cole watch movies. He gets really involved. A couple of days ago we showed him a Barney video for the first time. It’s one where Barney and “the Gang” put on a circus, and the squirrel does a flying trapeze act. When the squirrel got up on the platform and then jumped off to swing, Cole FREAKED out. He was putting his hands in front of his mouth and yelling at the tv, asking us to come over and watch, and making very upset noises generally. When the squirrel let go and dropped off into a blanket, we had to assure him over and over that the squirrel was fine, that he was really okay. It was nice to see him have so much empathy with the thing he identified as a real creature, even if it was a bit misplaced.

Then, last night he was watching the Elmo movie. At one point, Elmo, Telly, and Super-Grover end up crashing into each other and falling in a heap on the ground. Cole jumped up, ran over to the tv, leaned down so that his face was right next to those on the screen, and started asking, very concernedly, if they were okay. If he could have touched them I think he would have offered them a hand up. He’s such a sweetie.

It’s just so pleasing to see his kindness and empathy developing so easily.

Mar 20 2007

Updatey-type bullets…kind of…

There are times when this blog helps me with my life. I can think things though, have a sounding board, a place to vent. And I love it, and look forward to the time in the day when I can write. Then there are the times when it’s just another obligation in a day that already feels overburdened, and I start to hate it just a little. Often this happens in times when I either just don’t know what to write or when there’s so much that I don’t know where to begin or how to sort it.

Lately, I’ve been having a bit of both. There is so much happening right now, but I don’t know where to start writing about it and I don’t think it’d be all that interesting even if I did. It would mainly sound like this:

trivial stuff I did today,
minor, boring observation,
trivial junk,
tell me how cute my kid is/awesome I am,
more trivial shit.

And do you really want to see that? Honestly, I’m sparing you.

So here’s the state of things right now:

  • We are moving. Slowly. We (I) pack a little each night. I have no idea how we’re going to get it all to the new house.
  • We have been seriously lax in the care of our poor dog because we’ve been so crazy-busy. She needs eye drops everyday because of her chronic eye condition. The drops ran out, the pharmacy lost our record for refills, and we had no time/money to take her to the vet. Her eyes got so bad that she wasn’t opening them unless it was absolutely necessary. I finally was able to take her yesterday. Not only was her pannus (eye condition) as bad as I’ve ever seen it, but she had been squinting so hard that she had developed ulcers on her eyeball. So now she’s in a plastic collar- the huge “no-lick” type- on pain killers, tranquilizers, antibiotic eye drops, and her regular meds. Ugh. Because she’s loopy and not used to the collar, she’s walking into everything and everybody in the house.
  • I forgot my dad’s birthday is tomorrow. Fuck. I’ll be staying up really late tonight making his favorite pie- strawberry rhubarb.
  • Cole will not stop asking for “Melmo” whenever we are home. I don’t want him watching so much tv, even if it’s in movie form. I want him to play. However, I also want to be able to make dinner, clean, and pack, which are much harder to do without the singing, dancing, 4 year old, red monster’s help.
  • I’ve taken on an entirely new task at work. It’s been time consuming. It’s also been rife with drama due to it really being someone else’s responsibility, but they were not taking care of it so it was passed to me. And now I’m getting praise for doing a good job and the other person is feeling very threatened and blaming it on me. But it’s been fun, and I wish it was something that I could do more often (the project, not the drama).
  • I just spent a lot of money on fencing material. Money we don’t have. It’s a bad, bad feeling, but we really need a fence. I didn’t know what else to do.
  • I still don’t have my damn car back.
  • (edited to add)My parents are not living with us anymore. They were good house-guests, really. The dishes sure got done more often! Still, I’m glad they’re gone. Their house is looking amazing- everything is finished except for the counters. We’ve been over to visit a few times now and to watch their ginormous new tv. That actually gets channels! It also gets Sirius radio and we boogied our behinds off one night to a latin channel. It was awesome.

I have been reading other’s blogs when I get the chance. Usually, though, I get just enough chance to read and not quite enough to comment. It’s not really fair. Sorry.

I’d really like to get back into writing here every week day. Can you help me out? Will you send me some questions so that I can get back into the swing of things? You guys are awesome and I’m sure that you could come up with some good ones. If you’d like, you can ask me for the same thing!